extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.

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)
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Examples from the Web for ravishingly

Contemporary Examples of ravishingly

  • Lehman thought it made her look chic, “ravishingly beautiful” in fact—which of course pleased Elizabeth but horrified Nichols.

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    Liz Taylor's Secret Life

    William J. Mann

    October 19, 2009

Historical Examples of ravishingly

  • Why, my dear fellow, the other day in your room you were singing 'L'Ange Gardien' ravishingly.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Yet Rivervale never seemed so ravishingly beautiful to all his senses.

    That Fortune

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Marianne, ravishingly beautiful, was exultant at realizing her dream.

  • The auditorium was gradually darkened,and the dividing curtain disclosed a ravishingly beautiful scene by the sea-shore.

  • Diane entered from the bedroom, ravishingly dressed for the street in a costume that well set off her perfect figure.

    In Friendship's Guise

    Wm. Murray Graydon

British Dictionary definitions for ravishingly



delightful; lovely; entrancing
Derived Formsravishingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ravishingly



"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.

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