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bodice ripper


noun Informal.

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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Nearby words

bodhidharma, bodhisattva, bodhran, bodhrán, bodice, bodice ripper, bodied, bodiless, bodily, boding, bodingly
Also called bodice buster. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bodice-ripper

  • This bodice-ripper about Restoration England, banned in fourteen US states, was the bestselling novel in 1940s America.

    Emma Donoghue’s Book Bag: Five Whorestoricals|Emma Donoghue|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • In a sitting, I raced through the book: a thinking man's bodice-ripper.

British Dictionary definitions for bodice-ripper

bodice ripper


informal a romantic novel, usually on a historical theme, that involves some sex and violence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012