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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entrancement, ravishmentnoun

    a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment

  2. rape, violation, assault, ravishmentnoun

    the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will


  1. ravishmentnoun


  2. ravishmentnoun

    seizure by force

  3. ravishmentnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ravishmentnoun

    Etymology: ravissement, Fr. from ravish.

    Of his several ravishments, betrayings and stealing away of men’s wives, came in all those ancient fables of his transformations and all that rabble of Grecian forgeries. Walter Raleigh.

    Tell them ancient stories of the ravishment of chaste maidens. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    I told them I was one of their knight-errants that delivered them from ravishment. Dryden.

    All things joy, with ravishment
    Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. John Milton.

    Thee all things gaze on,
    With ravishment beheld! John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    Can any mortal mixture of earth’s mould
    Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment. John Milton.

    What ravishment was that, when having found out the way to measure Hiero’s crown, he leaped out of the bath, and, as if he were suddenly possest, ran naked up and down. John Wilkins, Dædalus.


  1. ravishment

    Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without their consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability, or is below the legal age of consent. The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault.The rate of reporting, prosecuting and convicting for rape varies between jurisdictions. Internationally, the incidence of rapes recorded by the police during 2008 ranged, per 100,000 people, from 0.2 in Azerbaijan to 92.9 in Botswana with 6.3 in Lithuania as the median. Worldwide, sexual violence, including rape, is primarily committed by males against females. Rape by strangers is usually less common than rape by people the victim knows, and male-on-male and female-on-female prison rapes are common and may be the least reported forms of rape.Widespread and systematic rape (e.g., war rape) and sexual slavery can occur during international conflict. These practices are crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rape is also recognized as an element of the crime of genocide when committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a targeted ethnic group. People who have been raped can be traumatized and develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Serious injuries can result along with the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. A person may face violence or threats from the rapist, and, sometimes, from the victim's family and relatives.


  1. ravishment

    Ravishment is the act of seizing something or someone by force or with overpowering emotion. It is also commonly used to refer to sexual assault, or it can describe a situation in which someone is filled with strong feelings of joy, admiration, or a sense of being transported into another reality due to overwhelming happiness or excitement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ravishmentnoun

    the act of carrying away by force or against consent; abduction; as, the ravishment of children from their parents, of a ward from his guardian, or of a wife from her husband

  2. Ravishmentnoun

    the state of being ravished; rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy

  3. Ravishmentnoun

    the act of ravishing a woman; rape

  4. Etymology: [F. ravissement. See Ravish.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ravishment in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ravishment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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