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rape

noun

Synonyms of rape

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 the act of forcing a person to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse
  • an international law defining rape as a war crime

Synonyms for rape

Words Related to rape

  • acquaintance rape,
  • date rape,
  • statutory rape
  • gang rape
2 the unlawful or forcible carrying away of a person or animal
  • the legend of the rape of the Sabine women by the ancient Romans was frequently depicted in classical art

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rape

verb

Synonyms of rape (Entry 2 of 2)

to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent
  • the defendant accused of raping the victim

Synonyms for rape

Words Related to rape

  • date rape
  • gang rape
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The first known use of rape was in the 14th century

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“Rape.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rape. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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