[ rav-ish ]
/ ˈræv ɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to fill with strong emotion, especially joy.
to seize and carry off by force.
to carry off (a woman) by force.
to rape (a woman).

Origin of ravish

1250–1300; Middle English ravishen < Middle French raviss-, long stem of ravir to seize ≪ Latin rapere; see rape1

Related forms

rav·ished·ly, adverbrav·ish·er, nounun·rav·ished, adjective

Can be confused

ravage ravish
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/ (ˈrævɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

(often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
to rape
archaic to carry off by force

Derived Forms

ravisher, nounravishment, noun

Word Origin for ravish

C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize
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