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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.ravishment - a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment
delectation, delight - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
2.ravishment - the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
date rape - rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
statutory rape, carnal abuse - sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)


[ˈrævɪʃmənt] N (liter)
1. (= enchantment) → embeleso m, éxtasis m inv
2. (liter) (= capture) → rapto m, robo m; (= rape) → violación f


(= delight)atemloses Staunen, Hingerissenheit f
(old, liter: = rape) → Schändung f (geh); (obs: = abduction) → Raub m
References in classic literature ?
Suspended Hell, and took with ravishment The thronging audience.
What was in the case of these remarkable persons a ravishment, has, in innumerable instances in common life, been exhibited in less striking manner.
Joseph Sedley, who was fond of music, and soft-hearted, was in a state of ravishment during the performance of the song, and profoundly touched at its conclusion.
All men avail themselves of such means as they can, to add this extraordinary power to their normal powers; and to this end they prize conversation, music, pictures, sculpture, dancing, theatres, travelling, war, mobs, fires, gaming, politics, or love, or science, or animal intoxication,--which are several coarser or finer quasi-mechanical substitutes for the true nectar, which is the ravishment of the intellect by coming nearer to the fact.
and one could wish that such an Arcadia might have been spared such ravishment.
Come, Philomel, that sing'st of ravishment, Make thy sad grove in my disheveled hair.
It the female beloved represents Ireland in these poems, the inability to distinguish clearly between "known" and "unknown" lovers suggests dissonance in national identification as well as complicity in the national body's ravishment.
Earlier scholars such as Bartolomeo Maranta (who published in 1564) had explicitly associated meraviglia with the epic genre, but Maranta defines the term as a simple aesthetic pleasure; (31) Tasso draws on a newer definition developed by Longinus's early translators, ultimately defining the concept as poetic astonishment or ravishment.
46) The earliest English common-law system assumed this justification through the writs of ravishment and abduction, which "allowed the wife to be listed as one of the husband's chattels.
No matter where one falls on the above continuum of ravishment, the "axis of vision," shaped by the realm of the Reason, remains (in various degrees) non-identical to the "axis of things," our current perception of reality.
150 AD), Hugh Douglas Hamilton's "Cupid and Psyche in the Nuptial Bower" (1792-1793), Bertel Thorvaldsen's statue "Psyche Holding the Flask for Venus" (1806), Frangois Dominique Aime' Milhomme's "Psyche" (1810), and Adolphe William Bougereau's "Cupid and Psyche as Children" (1890) and "The Ravishment of Psyche" (1895).
Bridge"; until then, I expect this Patricia Highsmith adaptation to offer cinematic ravishment of the highest order.