Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of seizing by force.
  • n. Sexual rape.
  • n. Rapture; entrancement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. ecstasy
  • n. seizure by force
  • n. rape

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of carrying away by force or against consent; abduction.
  • n. The state of being ravished; rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy.
  • n. The act of ravishing a woman; rape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of seizing and carrying off, or the act or state of forcible abduction; violent transport or removal.
  • n. Mental transport; a carrying or being carried away with delight; ecstasy; rapture.
  • n. Violation of female chastity; rape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
  • n. a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment

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Examples

  • What little bit survives a couple of hundred years of human ravishment, that is!

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  • I behold the light with a kind of ravishment, and all the rest of the day I am happy.

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  • Through the heads about him be could see her standing a little in advance of the others, her head turned to one side, really in the natural attitude of violin-playing, but, as it seemed to him, in a kind of ravishment of listening -- cheeks flushed, eyes shining, and the right arm and high-curved wrist managing the bow with a grace born of knowledge and fine training.

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  • Through the heads about him, he could see her standing a little in advance of the others, her head turned to one side, really in the natural attitude of violin-playing, but, as it seemed to him, in a kind of ravishment of listening -- cheeks flushed, eyes shining, and the right arm and high-curved wrist managing the bow with a grace born of knowledge and fine training.

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  • They fill him with an attentive ravishment, a marveling, it's pleasing and rejuvenating, a steady, pure current that he has never experienced until now with anyone. . .

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  • Theirs is a "small" life, but one that expands the intimacy of this real and world-wide ravishment.

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  • I hate myself for the generosity I offer my despicable parents by being grateful for the traits that kept me from complete ravishment.

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  • This visual ravishment -- which is the principal experience of the movie and which is, too, enhanced by the surprisingly subtle use of 3-D technology (there are gratifyingly few shots of objects projecting into the audience's field; you just feel that you're sharing the same plane as the creatures in the movie) -- is part of a strategy intended to make us admire the Na'vi.

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  • The conservative also mocks the ravishment of traditional institutions by liberal elites, and perhaps more than anything, he scorns ideology—the rage to pursue an abstract ideal at the expense of the heat generated by human contact, the insistence upon knowing what is best for people, the inability to leave them alone.

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  • The swain intreated, sighed, looked, and sighed again; when all at once, changing his note from childish treble to the big manly voice of bluster and ravishment, he swore that he would have by foul means what he could not obtain by fair.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 8 ch. 1

    October 3, 2008