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ravish

abduct, rape, or carry away with emotion: ravish the young women
Not to be confused with:
ravage – wreak great destruction or devastation: ravage the enemy camp
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rav·ish

 (răv′ĭsh)
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.
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ravish

(ˈrævɪʃ)
vb (tr)
1. (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
2. to rape
3. archaic to carry off by force
[C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize]
ˈravisher n
ˈravishment n
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rav•ish

(ˈræv ɪʃ)

v.t.
1. to transport with strong emotion, esp. joy.
2. to rape; violate.
3. to seize and carry off by force.
4. to rob; plunder.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French raviss-, long s. of ravir to seize]
rav′ish•er, n.
rav′ish•ment, n.
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ravish


Past participle: ravished
Gerund: ravishing

Imperative
ravish
ravish
Present
I ravish
you ravish
he/she/it ravishes
we ravish
you ravish
they ravish
Preterite
I ravished
you ravished
he/she/it ravished
we ravished
you ravished
they ravished
Present Continuous
I am ravishing
you are ravishing
he/she/it is ravishing
we are ravishing
you are ravishing
they are ravishing
Present Perfect
I have ravished
you have ravished
he/she/it has ravished
we have ravished
you have ravished
they have ravished
Past Continuous
I was ravishing
you were ravishing
he/she/it was ravishing
we were ravishing
you were ravishing
they were ravishing
Past Perfect
I had ravished
you had ravished
he/she/it had ravished
we had ravished
you had ravished
they had ravished
Future
I will ravish
you will ravish
he/she/it will ravish
we will ravish
you will ravish
they will ravish
Future Perfect
I will have ravished
you will have ravished
he/she/it will have ravished
we will have ravished
you will have ravished
they will have ravished
Future Continuous
I will be ravishing
you will be ravishing
he/she/it will be ravishing
we will be ravishing
you will be ravishing
they will be ravishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ravishing
you have been ravishing
he/she/it has been ravishing
we have been ravishing
you have been ravishing
they have been ravishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ravishing
you will have been ravishing
he/she/it will have been ravishing
we will have been ravishing
you will have been ravishing
they will have been ravishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ravishing
you had been ravishing
he/she/it had been ravishing
we had been ravishing
you had been ravishing
they had been ravishing
Conditional
I would ravish
you would ravish
he/she/it would ravish
we would ravish
you would ravish
they would ravish
Past Conditional
I would have ravished
you would have ravished
he/she/it would have ravished
we would have ravished
you would have ravished
they would have ravished
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ravish - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
2.ravish - hold spellboundravish - hold spellbound      
delight, please - give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation"
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ravish

verb
1. (Literary) rape, sexually assault, violate, abuse, force, outrage Her ravished body was found a week later.
2. enchant, transport, delight, charm, fascinate, entrance, captivate, enrapture, spellbind, overjoy an eerie power to ravish the eye and seduce the soul
Quotations
"He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him" [Henry Fielding Jonathan Wild]
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ravish

verb
To compel (another) to participate in or submit to a sexual act:
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Translations

ravish

[ˈrævɪʃ] VT
1. (= charm) → encantar, embelesar
2. (liter) (= carry off) → raptar, robar; (= rape) → violar
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ravish

[ˈrævɪʃ] vtravir
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ravish

vt
(= delight)hinreißen
(old, liter: = rape) → schänden (geh); (obs: = abduct) → rauben
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ravish

[ˈrævɪʃ] vt
a. (liter) (enchant, delight) → estasiare, rapire
b. (old) (rape) → violentare; (carry off) → rapire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Thir song was partial, but the harmony (What could it less when Spirits immortal sing?) 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.
2 Wild Grass (Alain Resnais) The eighty-seven-year-old director's best film Since Muriel (1963) is an homage to Surrealism, the ravishments of color film, cameras that soar, and characters whose flights of fancy land them in gloriously romantic and dangerous situations.
The soft ravishments of the man spun me round about in a web of dreams....