from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To seize and carry away by force.
- transitive v. To rape; violate.
- transitive v. To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture. See Synonyms at enrapture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force.
- v. To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy.
- v. To rape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force.
- transitive v. To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy.
- transitive v. To have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and against her consent; to rape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize and carry off; transport or take away forcibly; snatch away.
- To transport mentally; enrapture; bring into a state of ecstasy, as of delight or fear.
- To deprive by seizure; dispossess violently: with of.
- To violate the chastity of; commit rape upon; deflower.
- n. Ravishment; ecstasy; a transport or rapture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. force (someone) to have sex against their will
- v. hold spellbound
Encapsulated in the root of the word "ravish" is an etymological range of emotional approximations from rapacious to rape, from rapt to rapture--and a word with that sort of seed and yield reveals how intrinsically complex Donne saw his relationship to God.
Despite the name (which, salads apart, spell-check always wants to change to "ravish"), it is a good site: quiet, unfussy, well organised and functional (though as so new, many functions are still under development).
The comparison is grounded on the double meaning of the word "ravish" for it signifies the act of rape as well as the act of violently seizing and carrying away someone or something.
Did you know the original meaning of "ravish" is rape too?
xbrl, there's a fine line between 'ravish' fantasies and 'rape' fantasies.
That's my kind of wine note, though my thought was—leave the table upright and ravish someone on top of it.
The function of Chivaric politeness and gallantry in todays world reassures women that the gallant chivalrous male is likely not going to beat or ravish them.
Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness for ever.
And then they both ravish each other in the woods, right?
For a moment, Lena considered sucking up her feelings and letting Jason ravish her in hopes that he could lift her libido to meet his.