- 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 ravisher
A moment more, and a strong gripe was laid on the shoulder of the ravisher.Night and Morning, Complete
Imogen insisted upon not being left wholly alone with her ravisher.
But though she was melancholy, her melancholy was of a different hue from that of her ravisher.
How was it that he was gone to the very banquet of the ravisher?Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
How did he then come to be the ravisher of St and the enemy of God?Avatras
- (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
- to rape
- archaic to carry off by force
Word Origin and History for ravisher
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.