Definition of


  1. (verb, emotion) hold spellbound
  2. (verb, social) force (someone) to have sex against their will

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Alternate forms of Ravish

Derivations: ravisher, ravishment

Hyponyms: gang-rape

Hypernyms: assail, assault, attack, delight, please, set on

Origin of the word Ravish

  1. c.1300, "to seize (someone) by violence, carry (a person, esp. a woman) away," from O.Fr. raviss-, prp. stem of ravir "to seize, take away hastily," from V.L. *rapire, from L. rapere "to seize, hurry away" (see rapid). Meaning "to commit rape upon" is recorded from mid-15c. Ravishing "act of plundering" is from c.1300; in the sense of "enchant… more

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