Next they wanted to know if Hill had told "the black men to ravish all the white women."
They were licensed to break up Negro frolics, whip the men, and ravish the women.
What war could ravish, commerce could bestow, And he returned a friend, who came a foe.
Tear me from quiet, ravish me from night, And make a thankless present of thy light?
It was, indeed, filled with all that might dazzle and ravish the sight.
Had not the ear of that slave drunk in the same flattering words, as were now intended to intoxicate and ravish him?
The smell of these roses in the summer was quite enough to ravish you.
ravish or kill—it was all one to him, as long as by the act he liberated the suffering soul of savagery repressed for so long.
But while it lasts me, into this consecrated house thou may'st not enter to ravish or mete punishment.
My ravish'd Heart leaps up to hear your Words, And seems as 'twou'd come forth to thank you.
c.1300, "to seize (someone) by violence, carry (a person, especially a woman) away," from Old French raviss-, present participle stem of ravir "to seize, take away hastily," from Vulgar Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere "to seize and carry off, carry away suddenly, hurry away" (see rapid). Meaning "to commit rape upon" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Ravished; ravishing.