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tr.v. rav·ished, rav·ish·ing, rav·ish·es
1. To force (another) to have sexual intercourse; rape.
2. To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture: moviegoers who were ravished with delight.
3. Archaic To seize and carry away by force.

[Middle English ravishen, from Old French ravir, raviss-, from Vulgar Latin *rapīre, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]

rav′ish·er n.
rav′ish·ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ravisher - someone who assaults others sexuallyravisher - someone who assaults others sexually
debauchee, libertine, rounder - a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
2.ravisher - a very attractive or seductive looking womanravisher - a very attractive or seductive looking woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"


(archaic) [ˈrævɪʃəʳ] N (liter) (= captor) → raptor m; (= rapist) → violador m


n (old, liter)Schänder m (geh)
References in classic literature ?
That is all very well, and enough for today; before we proceed further, someone must be informed that you know the ravisher of your wife.
He carried it that length that he protested to me, that if he was naked in bed with me, he would as sacredly preserve my virtue as he would defend it if I was assaulted by a ravisher.
The ravisher stopped suddenly, his knees bent under him, and he fell with Teresa in his arms.
The Diana in mid-stream waltzed round with as much grace as an old barn, and flew after her ravisher.
The fair prospect of a handsome reward for so great and acceptable a service to the squire, tempted her avarice; and again, the danger of the enterprize she had undertaken; the uncertainty of its success; night, cold, robbers, ravishers, all alarmed her fears.
Presently after I will appear in mine own shape, play the courteous knight, rescue the unfortunate and afflicted fair one from the hands of the rude ravishers, conduct her to Front-de-B
Don Quixote was, as has been said, speaking to the lady in the coach: "Your beauty, lady mine," said he, "may now dispose of your person as may be most in accordance with your pleasure, for the pride of your ravishers lies prostrate on the ground through this strong arm of mine; and lest you should be pining to know the name of your deliverer, know that I am called Don Quixote of La Mancha, knight-errant and adventurer, and captive to the peerless and beautiful lady Dulcinea del Toboso: and in return for the service you have received of me I ask no more than that you should return to El Toboso, and on my behalf present yourself before that lady and tell her what I have done to set you free.
Richard Swiveller comes hastily up, elbows the bystanders out of the way, takes her (after some trouble) in one arm after the manner of theatrical ravishers, and, nodding to Kit, and commanding Barbara's mother to follow, for he has a coach waiting, bears her swiftly off.
In reverting to the period of our origin, other nations have generally been compelled to plunge into the chaos of impenetrable antiquity, or to trace a lawless ancestry into the caverns of ravishers and robbers.
If Caleb and Falkland may both, in their way, play pursuer and pursued, ravisher and ravished, then Godwin's final substitution of Caleb-villain for the Caleb-victim of the novel's original ending turns out to involve less an abrupt ideological volte-face than a simple change of emphasis, subtly tweaking Burkean ethics by embracing the penetrative force of Truth in a wider culture where, after all, as the author himself points out, "more readers have wished to resemble Lovelace, than have wished to resemble Grandison" (The Enquirer 138).
The King's Daughter" similarly provides a minimum of narrative information; we do not learn until the last stanza, given in the voice of the tenth of ten maidens encountered by the king's son, who gets her with child, that she is in fact the king's child too; her ravisher is her brother:
The shame lay on the ravisher only: and I am content to take all the blame upon myself; as I have already borne too great a share for what I have deserved.