rape

1
[reyp]

noun

verb (used with object), raped, rap·ing.

verb (used without object), raped, rap·ing.

to commit rape.

Nearby words

  1. rapaciously,
  2. rapacity,
  3. rapacki,
  4. rapacki plan,
  5. rapallo,
  6. rape culture,
  7. rape of lucrece, the,
  8. rape of the lock, the,
  9. rape oil,
  10. rapeseed

Origin of rape

1
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English rapen < Anglo-French raper < Latin rapere to seize, carry off by force, plunder; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French ra(a)p(e), derivative of raper

Related formsrap·a·ble, rape·a·ble, adjectiverap·ist, rap·er, noun

rape

2
[reyp]

noun

a plant, Brassica napus, of the mustard family, whose leaves are used for food for hogs, sheep, etc., and whose seeds yield rape oil.

Origin of rape

2
1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin rāpum (neuter), rāpa (feminine) turnip; cognate with Greek rhápys

rape

3
[reyp]

noun

the residue of grapes, after the juice has been extracted, used as a filter in making vinegar.

Origin of rape

3
1590–1600; < French râpe < Germanic; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape

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British Dictionary definitions for rape

rape

1

noun

the offence of forcing a person, esp a woman, to submit to sexual intercourse against that person's willSee also statutory rape
the act of despoiling a country in warfare; rapine
any violation or abusethe rape of justice
archaic abductionthe rape of the Sabine women

verb (mainly tr)

to commit rape upon (a person)
(also intr) to plunder or despoil (a place) in war
archaic to carry off by force; abduct

Word Origin for rape

C14: from Latin rapere to seize

noun

a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus, that has bright yellow flowers and is cultivated for its seeds, which yield a useful oil, and as a fodder plant: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)Also called: colza, cole

Word Origin for rape

C14: from Latin rāpum turnip

noun

(often plural) the skins and stalks of grapes left after wine-making: used in making vinegar

Word Origin for rape

C17: from French râpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape together

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Word Origin and History for rape
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Medicine definitions for rape

rape

[rāp]

n.

The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.

v.

To commit rape on.
Related formsrapist n.


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