[ reyp ]
/ reɪp /


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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for raper


/ (reɪp) /


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)

Word Origin for rape

C14: from Latin rapere to seize


/ (reɪp) /


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


/ (reɪp) /


(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 raper
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Medicine definitions for raper


[ rāp ]


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


To commit rape on.
Related formsrapist n.

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