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ravishing

[rav-i-shing] /ˈræv ɪ ʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.
Origin of ravishing
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at ravish, -ing1
Related forms
ravishingly, adverb
Can be confused
ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous)

ravish

[rav-ish] /ˈræv ɪʃ/
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
1250-1300; Middle English ravishen < Middle French raviss-, long stem of ravir to seize ≪ Latin rapere; see rape1
Related forms
ravishedly, adverb
ravisher, noun
unravished, adjective
Can be confused
ravage, ravish.
Synonyms
1. enrapture, transport, enthrall, delight, captivate.
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  • The girl was rather short, but of a slender elegance of form that was ravishing.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The rewards they bestow are sweet, and ravishing, and indescribable.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • "He is only twenty-one and divinely beautiful," said Cassy, with a ravishing gesture.

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • 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 Neil Munro
  • All the promises of ages, all the signs of sacred sages, meet in this ravishing hour.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for ravishing

ravishing

/ˈrævɪʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
delightful; lovely; entrancing
Derived Forms
ravishingly, adverb

ravish

/ˈrævɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
2.
to rape
3.
(archaic) to carry off by force
Derived Forms
ravisher, noun
ravishment, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for ravishing
n.

"act of plundering," c.1300, verbal noun from ravish (v.).

adj.

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.

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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