ravishing

[ rav-i-shing ]
/ ˈræv ɪ ʃɪŋ /

adjective

extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.

Origin of ravishing

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

Related forms

rav·ish·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

ravenous ravaging ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous)

Definition for ravishing (2 of 2)

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).

Origin of ravish

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

ravage ravish
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British Dictionary definitions for ravishing (1 of 2)

ravishing

/ (ˈrævɪʃɪŋ) /

adjective

delightful; lovely; entrancing

Derived Forms

ravishingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for ravishing (2 of 2)

ravish

/ (ˈrævɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

ravisher, nounravishment, noun

Word Origin for ravish

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