ravish

[ 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).

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Origin of ravish

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ravish

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ravish

ravage, ravish
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British Dictionary definitions for ravish

ravish
/ (ˈrævɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of ravish

ravisher, nounravishment, noun

Word Origin for ravish

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