rape

1
[ reyp ]
/ reɪp /

noun

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

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

to commit rape.

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Origin of rape

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English verb rapen, from Anglo-French raper, from Latin rapere “to seize, carry off by force, plunder”; Middle English noun, from Anglo-French ra(a)p(e), derivative of raper

usage note for rape

7. There are many violent metaphors to describe a dramatic victory or defeat: The home team slaughtered the competition on Saturday. It was a bloodbath! They absolutely massacred the visiting team. The defense was decimated. Our guys killed it! This type of hyperbole is sometimes tasteless, but it is not generally considered to be offensive. However, rape is a crime with survivors in every stratum of every society. Using rape as a metaphor for some other struggle (as illustrated by the examples at def. 7 ) trivializes the trauma of sexual assault that many have suffered. Such figurative usage is beyond insensitive and should be avoided.

OTHER WORDS FROM rape

rap·a·ble, rape·a·ble, adjectiverapist, raper, noun

Definition for rape (2 of 3)

rape2
[ reyp ]
/ reɪp /

noun

Origin of rape

2
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French or directly from Latin rāpum (neuter), rāpa (feminine) “turnip”; cognate with Greek rhápys

Definition for rape (3 of 3)

rape3
[ reyp ]
/ reɪp /

noun

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

Origin of rape

3
First recorded in 1590–1600; from French râpe, Old French, Middle French raspe “grape stalks,” from Germanic; compare Old High German raspōn “to scrape,” Medieval Latin raspa “bunch of grapes”
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British Dictionary definitions for rape (1 of 3)

rape1
/ (reɪp) /

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)

Word Origin for rape

C14: from Latin rapere to seize

British Dictionary definitions for rape (2 of 3)

rape2
/ (reɪp) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for rape (3 of 3)

rape3
/ (reɪp) /

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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Medical 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.

Other words from rape

rapist n.
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