- extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.
Origin of ravishing
- 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 ravishing
Let there be wine, food, music, and ravishing summer landscapes from Alpine meadows to Riviera beaches.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Nor is the ravishing Iva, who, when introduced to Nina, says, “I want your hair.”A Country House of Fools: Norman Rush’s ‘Subtle Bodies’
September 10, 2013
The party is in a ravishing house with a blue tiled pool and slim, tall, swaying palms.The Bag Lady's Papers, Part III
January 6, 2009
And then there is Carole Lombard, ravishing, sexy, happy, and glorious in her gowns.The Star-Crossed Hamlet
October 10, 2008
The girl was rather short, but of a slender elegance of form that was ravishing.Within the Law
The rewards they bestow are sweet, and ravishing, and indescribable.Imogen
"He is only twenty-one and divinely beautiful," said Cassy, with a ravishing gesture.Monday or Tuesday
You really must be in love with that young woman; she is ravishing.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Nothing for it but the wood and cave and the ravishing of the Ben Bhuidhe wolves.John Splendid
- delightful; lovely; entrancing
- (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
- to rape
- archaic to carry off by force
Word Origin and History for ravishing
"act of plundering," c.1300, verbal noun from ravish (v.).
mid-14c., "ravenous;" early 15c., "enchanting;" present participle adjective from ravish (v.). The figurative notion is of "carrying off from earth to heaven." Related: Ravishingly.
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.