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ravishment

[rav-ish-muh nt] /ˈræv ɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
rapture or ecstasy.
2.
violent removal.
3.
the forcible abduction of a woman.
4.
rape1 (def 1).
Origin of ravishment
1470-1480
1470-80; < Middle French ravissement, equivalent to raviss- (see ravish) + -ment -ment
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  • I could not hear him speak so; it killed me to all but a ravishment of fear.

  • The ravishment of her beauty and her charm held him speechless.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • But how am I to describe to you the peace and ravishment of that face?

    The Dynamiter Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I have wrestled with the glaukous-haired Poseidon, and feared his ravishment.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • His ravishment had suffered a sharp natural decline reflected in a mental gloom.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Oberon accuses Titania with being in love with Theseus and assisting him in the ravishment of antique beauties.

  • He drove into a town royally decorated, and still humming with the ravishment of the Tory entrance.

  • She knew how eloquent Barode Barouche could be; she knew how his voice had all the ravishment of silver bells to the unsuspecting.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • In his ravishment he failed to note the satirical remarks and jealous glances of Genevive.

  • But the disgrace of this ravishment of our wife during our hours of carelessness, hath stained us, to be sure.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Word Origin and History for ravishment
n.

1530s, from Middle French ravissement (14c.), from ravir (see ravish).

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