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rape1

[reyp] /reɪp/
noun
1.
unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of the victim.
3.
an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation:
the rape of the countryside.
4.
Archaic. the act of seizing and carrying off by force.
verb (used with object), raped, raping.
5.
to commit the crime of rape on (a person).
6.
to plunder (a place); despoil:
The logging operation raped a wide tract of forest without regard for the environmental impact of their harvesting practices.
7.
to seize, take, or carry off by force.
verb (used without object), raped, raping.
8.
to commit rape.
Origin of rape1
1250-1300
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English rapen < Anglo-French raper < Latin rapere to seize, carry off by force, plunder; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French ra(a)p(e), derivative of raper
Related forms
rapable, rapeable, adjective
rapist, raper, noun
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Historical Examples
  • General raper was the officer in political charge of the Nawab of Moorshedabad, then a boy of some ten years old.

  • The Countess, he said, was waiting dinner for me, and yet no invitation came for raper.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • raper, too, in his own fashion, would make sacrifices for you; but would you endure the thought of this?

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • I wrote to my mother and to raper, but without receiving a reply.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • He left at nine o'clock, and raper, the night watchman, fastened the street door behind him.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • "I congratulate you," replied Miss raper with sarcastic wit.

  • Accompanied by one trusty companion, Mr. raper, she had never wearied in her pursuit.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • We learn that raper has been suspended from his position, pending an investigation.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • raper carefully perused the note, and then proceeded to examine the bills, when Fagan snatched them rudely from his hand.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • raper heard the words without even discontinuing to write, and merely muttered a brief "Very well," in reply.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for raper

rape1

/reɪp/
noun
1.
the offence of forcing a person, esp a woman, to submit to sexual intercourse against that person's will See also statutory rape
2.
the act of despoiling a country in warfare; rapine
3.
any violation or abuse: the rape of justice
4.
(archaic) abduction: the rape of the Sabine women
verb (mainly transitive)
5.
to commit rape upon (a person)
6.
(also intransitive) to plunder or despoil (a place) in war
7.
(archaic) to carry off by force; abduct
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rapere to seize

rape2

/reɪp/
noun
1.
a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus, that has bright yellow flowers and is cultivated for its seeds, which yield a useful oil, and as a fodder plant: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) Also called colza, cole
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rāpum turnip

rape3

/reɪp/
noun
1.
(often pl) the skins and stalks of grapes left after wine-making: used in making vinegar
Word Origin
C17: from French râpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape together
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Word Origin and History for raper

rape

v.

late 14c., "seize prey; abduct, take by force," from rape (n.) and from Anglo-French raper (Old French rapir) "to seize, abduct," a legal term, probably from past participle of Latin rapere "seize, carry off by force, abduct" (see rapid).

Latin rapere was used for "sexually violate," but only very rarely; the usual Latin word being stuprare "to defile, ravish, violate," related to stuprum (n.), literally "disgrace." Meaning "to abduct (a woman), ravish;" also "seduce (a man)" is from early 15c. in English. Related: Raped; raping. Uncertain connection to Low German and Dutch rapen in the same sense.

n.

early 14c., "booty, prey;" mid-14c., "forceful seizure; plundering, robbery, extortion," from Anglo-French rap, rape, and directly from Latin rapere "seize" (see rape (v.)). Meaning "act of abducting a woman or sexually violating her or both" is from early 15c., but perhaps late 13c. in Anglo-Latin.

kind of cruciferous plant (Brassica napus), late 14c., from Old French rape, from Latin rapa, rapum "turnip," from PIE *rap- (cf. Greek hrapys "rape," Old Church Slavonic repa, Lithuanian rope, Middle Dutch roeve, Old High German ruoba, German Rübe "rape, turnip"). Usually grown to feed sheep, an oil made from it is used in cooking (see canola).

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raper in Medicine

rape (rāp)
n.
The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse. v. raped, rap·ing, rapes
To commit rape on.


rap'ist n.
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