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ravish

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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill with strong emotion, especially joy.
  2. to seize and carry off by force.
  3. to carry off (a woman) by force.
  4. to rape (a woman).

Origin of ravish

1250–1300; Middle English ravishen < Middle French raviss-, long stem of ravir to seize ≪ Latin rapere; see rape1
Related formsrav·ished·ly, adverbrav·ish·er, nounun·rav·ished, adjective
Can be confusedravage ravish

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1. enrapture, transport, enthrall, delight, captivate.
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ravish

verb (tr)
  1. (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
  2. to rape
  3. archaic to carry off by force
Derived Formsravisher, nounravishment, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for ravish

v.

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.

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