Origin of ravishing
verb (used with object)
Origin of ravish
Examples from the Web for ravishing
Let there be wine, food, music, and ravishing summer landscapes from Alpine meadows to Riviera beaches.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nor is the ravishing Iva, who, when introduced to Nina, says, “I want your hair.”A Country House of Fools: Norman Rush’s ‘Subtle Bodies’|Tom LeClair|September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The party is in a ravishing house with a blue tiled pool and slim, tall, swaying palms.
And then there is Carole Lombard, ravishing, sexy, happy, and glorious in her gowns.
The air was clear, and the sky like opal, and the pale, pearly tints of the clouds were ravishing to behold.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Had she not any number of mouse-traps, in the way of ravishing toilets?Pink and White Tyranny|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Her drenched clothes were an excuse for a new and ravishing toilette.Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
But presently a soft, melting, ravishing tune began, and a young man with curly hair bowed before her.The Garden Party|Katherine Mansfield
Here were country scenes, sheepfolds, pictures of ravishing gallantry, miniatures beyond price.The Sunshade|Octave Uzanne
Word Origin for ravish
"act of plundering," c.1300, verbal noun from ravish (v.).
mid-14c., "ravenous;" early 15c., "enchanting;" present participle adjective from ravish (v.). The figurative notion is of "carrying off from earth to heaven." Related: Ravishingly.
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.