What does ravish mean?

Definitions for ravish
ˈræv ɪʃrav·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrageverb

    force (someone) to have sex against their will

    "The woman was raped on her way home at night"

  2. enchant, enrapture, transport, enthrall, ravish, enthral, delightverb

    hold spellbound


  1. ravishverb

    To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force.

  2. ravishverb

    To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy.

  3. ravishverb

    To rape.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RAVISHverb

    Etymology: ravir, Fr.

    They ravished the women and maids. Lam. v. 11.

    They cut thy sister’s tongue, and ravish’d her. William Shakespeare.

    These hairs, which thou dost ravish from my chin,
    Will quicken and accuse thee. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Their vow is made
    To ransack Troy, within whose strong immures
    The ravish’d Helen sleeps. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    I owe myself the care,
    My fame and injur’d honour to repair;
    From thy own tent, proud man, in thy despite,
    This hand shall ravish thy pretended right. Dryden.

    Thou hast ravished my heart. Cant. iv. ix.

    Be thou ravished always with her love. Prov. v. 19.


  1. ravish

    Ravish generally refers to "to fill with intense delight" or "to seize and carry off by force." It can mean to overwhelm with emotion, often associated with pleasure or joy. However, it is also an old term used to describe the act of abduction or rape, especially in literary or historical contexts. Please note that the context greatly changes the meaning of the word.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ravishverb

    to seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force

  2. Ravishverb

    to transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy

  3. Ravishverb

    to have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and against her consent; to rape

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ravish

    rav′ish, v.t. to seize or carry away by violence: to rob: to have sexual intercourse with by force: to fill with ecstasy.—n. Rav′isher.—p.adj. Rav′ishing, delighting to rapture: transporting: ecstatic.—adv. Rav′ishingly, in a ravishing manner: with rapture.—n. Rav′ishment, act of ravishing: abduction: rape: ecstatic delight: rapture. [Fr. ravir—L. rapĕre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ravish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ravish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ravish in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Taylor:

    Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.

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