Definition of ravish in English:


Line breaks: rav¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈravɪʃ


[with object]
  • 1 archaic Seize and carry off (someone) by force: there is no assurance that her infant child will not be ravished from her breast
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    • One night a wolf comes and kills many chickens and ravishes a lamb.
  • 1.1 dated (Of a man) rape (a woman): an angry father who suspects that his daughter has been ravished
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    • Is that what you said to the daughter of Merewala when you killed her father and ravished her?
    • They are coming to kill every single man and woman with guns and knives, and to ravish our daughters and wives.
    • She would be too ashamed to confide in the abbess about how she was ravished by a stranger.
    rape, sexually assault/abuse, violate, force oneself on, molest; seduce
    euphemistic take advantage of, have one's (wicked) way with
    archaic dishonour, defile



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  • Like many others, I was tired of images of Indigenous men as violent, monosyllabic studs, abusers of Indigenous women and ravishers of white women or as noble savage type shamans, warriors and chiefs.
  • All the narrative divulges to the reader is that Alec is not as ‘ruthless’ as those ancient ravishers, Tess's ancestors, taking their seigneurial rights.
  • Her language mirrors, or perhaps parodies, the conventional seduction tale - the isolated young maiden, without a loving family to guide her, falls prey to ‘the voice ‘of her ravisher who then leaves her to her fate.’


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  • The Lexicon Of Love, was a sensational debut, with its brass constructions and guitar ravishments.
  • What is it about Chris Matthews’ show that evokes images of bodice-ripping, drooling ravishment?
  • It's not surprising that they would exhume him now to serve his usual role as facilitator of GOP criminal ravishment.


Middle English: from Old French raviss-, lengthened stem of ravir, from an alteration of Latin rapere 'seize'.

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