a modern Gothic novel or historical romance, usually in paperback format, featuring at least one passionate love scene, characteristically one in which the heroine vainly resists submitting to the villain or hero.
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Also called bodice buster.
Words nearby bodice ripper
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Example sentences from the Web for bodice ripper
This bodice-ripper about Restoration England, banned in fourteen US states, was the bestselling novel in 1940s America.
In a sitting, I raced through the book: a thinking man's bodice-ripper.
British Dictionary definitions for bodice ripper
informal a romantic novel, usually on a historical theme, that involves some sex and violence
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