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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill with strong emotion, especially joy.
  2. to seize and carry off by force.
  3. to carry off (a woman) by force.
  4. 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 formsrav·ished·ly, adverbrav·ish·er, nounun·rav·ished, adjective
Can be confusedravage ravish

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Historical Examples of ravisher

  • A moment more, and a strong gripe was laid on the shoulder of the ravisher.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Imogen insisted upon not being left wholly alone with her ravisher.


    William Godwin

  • But though she was melancholy, her melancholy was of a different hue from that of her ravisher.


    William Godwin

  • How was it that he was gone to the very banquet of the ravisher?


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • How did he then come to be the ravisher of St and the enemy of God?


    Annie Besant

British Dictionary definitions for ravisher


verb (tr)
  1. (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
  2. to rape
  3. archaic to carry off by force
Derived Formsravisher, nounravishment, noun

Word Origin for ravish

C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for ravisher



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.

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