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ravishment

[rav-ish-muh nt]
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noun
  1. rapture or ecstasy.
  2. violent removal.
  3. the forcible abduction of a woman.
  4. rape1(def 1).
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Origin of ravishment

1470–80; < Middle French ravissement, equivalent to raviss- (see ravish) + -ment -ment
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Related Words for ravishment

satisfaction, comfort, humor, glee, delight, elation, cheer, charm, bliss, pride, amusement, wonder, ecstasy, exaltation, euphoria, exhilaration, contentment, communion, violation, rape

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Historical Examples of ravishment

  • I could not hear him speak so; it killed me to all but a ravishment of fear.

    Charles Auchester, Volume 2 (of 2)

    Elizabeth Sheppard

  • The ravishment of her beauty and her charm held him speechless.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki

  • But how am I to describe to you the peace and ravishment of that face?

    The Dynamiter

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I have wrestled with the glaukous-haired Poseidon, and feared his ravishment.

    Oscar Wilde

    Leonard Cresswell Ingleby

  • His ravishment had suffered a sharp natural decline reflected in a mental gloom.

    Cytherea

    Joseph Hergesheimer


Word Origin and History for ravishment

n.

1530s, from Middle French ravissement (14c.), from ravir (see ravish).

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