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rape 1

Syllabification: rape

noun

1The crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will: he denied two charges of attempted rape he had committed at least two rapes
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  • He first came before the courts on August 4, 1997, charged with rape, unlawful carnal knowledge and incest.
  • He faced a possible life sentence if convicted in his retrial on charges of rape, sodomy, burglary and false imprisonment, among others.
  • The novel touches on issues of rape, incest, crime, teen pregnancy, adultery and homosexuality.
Synonyms
sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual interference
archaicravishment, defilement
1.1 archaic The abduction of a woman, especially for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with her: the Rape of the Sabine Women
2The wanton destruction or spoiling of a place or area: the rape of the Russian countryside
More example sentences
  • They ravage and rape our physical and spiritual environments.
  • As White Eagle feverishly escaped the rape, pillage and plunder of his village, he tripped and fell to the ground.
Synonyms
destruction, violation, ravaging, pillaging, plundering, desecration, defilement, sacking, sack

verb

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1(Especially of a man) force (another person) to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will: the woman was raped at knifepoint
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  • The men in the front got out and she was then raped by the man in the back.
  • A manhunt was launched today after a man raped a woman with cerebral palsy at her care home
  • The girl was dragged into the vehicle and taken to a quiet street in East Bierley where one of the men then raped her.
Synonyms
sexually assault, sexually abuse, violate, force oneself on;
date-rape, gang-rape
literaryravish
archaicdefile
2Spoil or destroy (a place): the timber industry is raping the land
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  • New highways rape the landscape and soon get as crowded as the old ones.
  • This evil soul desires nothing more than to rape the world and to destroy it for its own selfish gains.
  • Far from raping the countryside, properly planned and sited they can enhance it.
Synonyms
ravage, violate, desecrate, defile, plunder, pillage, despoil;
lay waste, ransack, sack

Derivatives

raper

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noun
Example sentences
  • We're trying to educate the public not to regard us as the rapers and pillagers of the greenbelt.
  • The fresh appraisal of Vikings will not depict them as simply brutal rapers and pillagers.
  • In life and in jail, rapers and molesters are seen as the scum of the earth, the lowest of the low.

Origin

Late Middle English (originally denoting violent seizure of property, later carrying off a woman by force): from Anglo-Norman French rap (noun), raper (verb), from Latin rapere 'seize'.

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  • This originally referred to the violent seizure of property, and later to the carrying off of a woman by force. It comes via Anglo-Norman French from Latin rapere ‘seize’, also the source of the word rapacious and rapid [both M17th], and of rapt (Late Middle English) and rapture (late 16th century), when you are carried away by your feelings. In Old French repere was changed to ravir, source of ravish (Middle English). The plant name, rape, originally referred to the turnip. It is from Latin rapum, rapa ‘turnip’.

Words that rhyme with rape

agape, ape, cape, chape, crape, crêpe, drape, escape, gape, grape, jape, misshape, nape, scrape, shape, tape

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rape 2 Syllabification: rape

noun

A plant of the cabbage family with bright yellow, heavily scented flowers, especially a variety ( oilseed rape) grown for its oil-rich seed and as stockfeed. Also called cole, colza.
  • Genus Brassica, family Brassicaceae, in particular B. napus subsp. oleifera
Example sentences
  • They were back in the country, surrounded by fields of bright yellow oilseed rape.
  • Now the main income is generated by a simplified system of wheat, barley, oilseed rape and sugar beet.
  • Problems facing farmers include the extra costs involved in drying wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

Origin

Late Middle English (originally denoting the turnip plant): from Latin rapum, rapa 'turnip'.

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  • This originally referred to the violent seizure of property, and later to the carrying off of a woman by force. It comes via Anglo-Norman French from Latin rapere ‘seize’, also the source of the word rapacious and rapid [both M17th], and of rapt (Late Middle English) and rapture (late 16th century), when you are carried away by your feelings. In Old French repere was changed to ravir, source of ravish (Middle English). The plant name, rape, originally referred to the turnip. It is from Latin rapum, rapa ‘turnip’.

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rape 3 Syllabification: rape

noun

(often rapes)
The stalks and skins of grapes left after winemaking, used in making vinegar.

Origin

Early 17th century (as rape wine): from French râpe, medieval Latin raspa 'bunch of grapes'.

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  • This originally referred to the violent seizure of property, and later to the carrying off of a woman by force. It comes via Anglo-Norman French from Latin rapere ‘seize’, also the source of the word rapacious and rapid [both M17th], and of rapt (Late Middle English) and rapture (late 16th century), when you are carried away by your feelings. In Old French repere was changed to ravir, source of ravish (Middle English). The plant name, rape, originally referred to the turnip. It is from Latin rapum, rapa ‘turnip’.

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rape 4 Syllabification: rape

noun

historical
(In the UK) any of the six ancient divisions of Sussex.
Example sentences
  • Their equivalents in the Danelaw were wapen-takes, in Kent lathes, in Yorkshire ridings, and in Sussex rapes.
  • These and the rapes of the south were a cluster of lands granted around a central castle, which the holder was expected to build and maintain.
  • First, the county was, uniquely, divided into six rapes - strips centred on Chichester, Arundel, Bramber, Lewes, Pevensey, and Hastings.

Origin

Old English, variant of rope, with reference to the fencing-off of land.

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  • This originally referred to the violent seizure of property, and later to the carrying off of a woman by force. It comes via Anglo-Norman French from Latin rapere ‘seize’, also the source of the word rapacious and rapid [both M17th], and of rapt (Late Middle English) and rapture (late 16th century), when you are carried away by your feelings. In Old French repere was changed to ravir, source of ravish (Middle English). The plant name, rape, originally referred to the turnip. It is from Latin rapum, rapa ‘turnip’.

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