Definitions

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

Etymologies

Middle English ravisshen, from Old French ravir, raviss-, from Vulgar Latin *rapīre, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, from Old French raviss-, present participle stem of ravir ("to seize, take away hastily"), from Late Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "Her looks were ravishing, but when it came to ravishing, looks weren't enough."

    - my best friend used to say that, I wonder where he got it from!

    Maybe I'll just say
    - Louis Zukofsky and leave it at that. He seems to have supplied quite a lot of shite here.

    June 20, 2008

  • Nor peevish.

    June 18, 2008

  • Not to be confused with radish.

    June 18, 2008