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
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)