rav·​ish·​ing | \ ˈra-vi-shiŋ How to pronounce ravishing (audio) \

Definition of ravishing

: unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking

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Other Words from ravishing

ravishingly \ ˈra-​vi-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce ravishingly (audio) \ adverb

ravishing or ravenous?

Ravenous and ravishing are not synonyms, and mixing these two words may lead to potentially awkward writing or conversation. Ravenous is commonly used with the meaning “very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification,” and ravishing means “unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking.” If you find yourself hungry and standing in front of a spectacular-looking meal you would say (of the food) “that looks ravishing,” and (of yourself) “I am ravenous.” You may, of course, describe yourself as ravishing, but should be aware that you are commenting on your appearance rather than your hunger.

Examples of ravishing in a Sentence

She is a ravishing beauty. a ravishing view of the ocean

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Marienbad’ to the present moment; its ravishing surfaces, somehow both diamond-hard and evanescent, exist gloriously outside of time. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Real lies and true emotions in ‘The Farewell’," 12 July 2019 Cyrus looked ravishing in a black sweetheart neckline dress by Saint Laurent. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is "Freakishly Obsessed" with Liam Hemsworth and So Are We TBH," 26 Apr. 2019 Two years on from the premiere of Feud: Bette and Joan, FX is bringing us another ravishing Old Hollywood saga about a complex, decades-long relationship. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fosse/Verdon: Everything We Know," 8 Feb. 2019 Katie Holmes is that rare fashion figure who can transfix on the red carpet in custom, sculptural Zac Posen and look equally ravishing on the New York City sidewalks. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Kicks It Casually in the City in Adidas and Prada," 30 May 2018 While seasoned entertainers will host ravishing parties with an effortless finesse, the average and aspiring hostess-with-the-mostess will hesitantly take the wheel, and simultaneously brace for impact. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018 Mortality is a subtle subtext in Dan McCleary’s ravishing exhibition of recent paintings, drawings and etchings, some hand-colored with pastels and watercolors. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 Lost in all the recent chatter about the Zika virus, political corruption, and economic collapse is the fact that this is one of the most visually ravishing—and topographically extreme—corners of the planet. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Grand Tour," 5 Oct. 2016 The ravishing original musical about an Egyptian orchestra who find themselves in unknown territory in an unheard of town in Israel picked up a staggering ten awards—including best actor and actress, and best musical. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The Band’s Visit Wins Big at the Tony Awards—And Celebrates Accordingly," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of ravishing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ravishing was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of ravishing

: very beautiful


rav·​ish·​ing | \ ˈra-vi-shiŋ How to pronounce ravishing (audio) \

Kids Definition of ravishing

: very beautiful

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