Definition of Ravish

1. Verb. Force (someone) to have sex against their will. "They want to ravish the prisoners "; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"

Exact synonyms: Assault, Dishonor, Dishonour, Outrage, Rape, Violate
Generic synonyms: Assail, Assault, Attack, Set On
Specialized synonyms: Gang-rape
Derivative terms: Assaultive, Dishonor, Outrage, Rape, Raper, Ravisher, Ravishment, Violation, Violator

2. Verb. Hold spellbound. "The performance is likely to ravish Sue"
Exact synonyms: Delight, Enchant, Enrapture, Enthral, Enthrall, Transport
Generic synonyms: Delight, Please
Antonyms: Disenchant
Derivative terms: Enchantment, Enchantment, Enthrallment, Ravishment, Transport

Definition of Ravish

1. v. t. To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force.

Definition of Ravish

1. Verb. (obsolete or archaic) To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive usually '''passive''') To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive now rare) To rape. ¹

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Definition of Ravish

1. to seize and carry off by force [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Ravish

1. 1. To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force. "These hairs which thou dost ravish from my chin Will quicken, and accuse thee." (Shak) "This hand shall ravish thy pretended right." (Dryden) 2. To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy. "Ravished . . . For the joy." "Thou hast ravished my heart." (Cant. Iv. 9) 3. To have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and against her consent; to rape. Synonym: To transport, entrance, enrapture, delight, violate, deflour, force. Origin: OE. Ravissen, F. Ravir, fr. L. Rapere to snatch or tear away, to ravish. See Rapacious, Rapid, and -ish. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ravish

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Literary usage of Ravish

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1. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1914)
"The word "ravish" presupposes force, and is indispensable in a common-law indictment for rape, but is surplusage in an Information charging assault with ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"We are unable to see how a man can commit a felonious assault upon a female, and attempt to ravish her, without intending it. The words used in the bill, ..."

3. Precedents of Indictments and Pleas: Adapted to the Use Both of the Courts by Francis Wharton (1871)
"() Another form for assault with intent to ravish.(w) That WS, of the county aforesaid, yeoman, on, &c., at the county aforesaid, and within the ..."

4. A Complete Practical Treatise on Criminal Procedure, Pleading, and Evidence by John Frederick Archbold, John Jervis, William Newland Welsby, Thomas Whitney Waterman (1853)
"It may fairly be concluded, from all these authorities, that the words against her will, are not essential ; and certainly tho word ravish, as commonly ..."

5. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"CHORUS With ravish'd ears The monarch hears, Assumes the god, Affects to nod, And seems to shake the spheres. ill The praise of Bacchus then the sweet ..."

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