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).
- rav·ished·ly, adverb
- rav·ish·er, noun
- un·rav·ished, adjective
- ravage, ravish
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How to use ravish in a sentence
Hughes’s paintings are ravishing merely as color-blending exercises, but their layered depths have poignant human significance.In the galleries: A sizzling exhibit crackles with creativity | Mark Jenkins | July 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Next they wanted to know if Hill had told "the black men to ravish all the white women."
The remembrance of these times of happiness and innocence frequently returning to my mind, both ravish and affect me.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete | Jean Jacques Rousseau
Thy voice sends forth such music, that I never Was ravish'd with a more celestial sound.The Plays of Philip Massinger | Philip Massinger
Callot's men are users of the wheel and the estrapade; they roast the husband while they ravish the wife.George Cruikshank | W. H. Chesson
It was a feat altogether to ravish a delighted father's heart, and no wonder that he counted John so great a comfort.Heart | Martin Farquhar Tupper
The perfect symmetry of this marvellous structure would ravish Michel Angelo.
British Dictionary definitions for ravish
(often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
archaic to carry off by force
- ravisher, noun
- ravishment, noun
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