extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.

Nearby words

  1. raving,
  2. ravingly,
  3. ravings,
  4. ravioli,
  5. ravish,
  6. ravishingly,
  7. ravishment,
  8. raw,
  9. raw bar,
  10. raw deal

Origin of ravishing

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ravish, -ing1

Related formsrav·ish·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedravenous ravaging ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous)



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

Can be confusedravage ravish

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delightful; lovely; entrancing
Derived Formsravishingly, adverb


verb (tr)

(often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
to rape
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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