- to fill with strong emotion, especially joy.
- to seize and carry off by force.
- to carry off (a woman) by force.
- to rape (a woman).
Origin of ravish
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Examples from the Web for ravish
Next they wanted to know if Hill had told "the black men to ravish all the white women."Enough With This 'Lost Cause' Nonsense
February 19, 2013
It was, indeed, filled with all that might dazzle and ravish the sight.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
What war could ravish, commerce could bestow, And he returned a friend, who came a foe.Essay on Man
I will engage them conversationally and ravish them with erect and quivering adjectives.Fantazius Mallare
The danger that England or France might ravish it away from us came to the fore.The War With Mexico, Volume II (of 2)
Justin H. Smith
The law of rape, until 1849, used these words: "If any man do ravish a woman," &c.A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
- (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
- to rape
- archaic to carry off by force
Word Origin and History for ravish
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.