from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Extremely attractive; entrancing.
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- adj. Extremely beautiful
- v. Present participle of ravish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rapturous; transporting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ecstatic delight; mental transport.
- Snatching; taking by violence; of or pertaining to ravishment.
- Exciting rapture or ecstasy: adapted to enchant; exquisitely lovely; enrapturing.
- Moving furiously along; hurrying.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. stunningly beautiful
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I love the word ravishing - and I think it really fits the spirit of what I'm trying to get at.
In his house, my son, my own son, the flower of the House of Lancaster, learns to speak of the usurper with respect, to admire the so-called ravishing beauty of his hastily married wife, the commoner Elizabeth, and to pray for an heir for their accursed house.
“I like the idea of ravishing you in the firelight.”
Your nose is bridged in that so-called ravishing way in order to let a stream of air into your lungs.
"She's what you might call ravishing," proclaimed Ruby.
Then he told me that he had arrived in the Valley on the noon of the day before, had found it grand and beautiful beyond all his dreams, -- 'ravishing' was one of his words, -- and was going out again, not of necessity but from choice, that very afternoon.
Vigée-Lebrun's "ravishing" portrait of herself and her little girl, with how can I say what foretaste (as determined by that instant as if the hour had struck from a clock) of all the fun, confusedly speaking, that one was going to have, and the kind of life, always of the queer so-called inward sort, tremendously "sporting" in its way -- though that description didn't then wait upon it, that one was going to lead.
She had thought seriously of surprising and delighting everyone by appearing in a costume which should do justice to the loveliness which was so modest that it was apt to forget itself in admiring others – what girls call a "ravishing" dress, such as she could imagine and easily procure by the magic of the Fortunatus 'purse in her pocket.
She had thought seriously of surprising and delighting everyone by appearing in a costume which should do justice to the loveliness which was so modest that it was apt to forget itself in admiring others what girls call a "ravishing" dress, such as she could imagine and easily procure by the magic of the Fortunatus 'purse in her pocket.
Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, which have been described by Roberta Smith in The New York Times as "ravishing," the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present.