verb (used with object)
Origin of ravish
Examples from the Web for ravish
The danger of those contagious diseases which ravish childhood would be greatly reduced.Civics and Health|William H. Allen
A few days ago, at Corinth, Tiberius attempted to ravish the wife of Democides, and her husband came in upon them.
I am ravish'd With the excess of joy:—speak, happy daughters, The blest event.The Plays of Philip Massinger|Philip Massinger
By her side was the guitar on which she had been practising the airs that were to ravish the ears of the cognoscenti.Zicci, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
There are scenes there which ravish you, only it is necessary that there should be some one with you that can understand you.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
Word Origin for ravish
c.1300, "to seize (someone) by violence, carry (a person, especially a woman) away," from Old French raviss-, present participle stem of ravir "to seize, take away hastily," from Vulgar Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere "to seize and carry off, carry away suddenly, hurry away" (see rapid). Meaning "to commit rape upon" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Ravished; ravishing.