Definitions for: Ravish


[v] hold spellbound
[v] assault sexually; force to have sex



Webster (1913) Definition: Rav"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravished; p. pr. & vb.
n. Ravishing.] [OE. ravissen, F. ravir, fr. L. rapere to
snatch or tear away, to ravish. See Rapacious, Rapid, and
-ish.]
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.'' --Chaucer.

Thou hast ravished my heart. --Cant. iv. 9.

3. To have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and
against her consent; to rape. --Shak.

Syn: To transport; entrance; enrapture; delight; violate;
deflour; force.

Synonyms: delight, dishonor, dishonour, enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, outrage, rape, transport, violate

Antonyms: disenchant, disillusion

See Also: assail, assault, attack, gang-rape, please, set on

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