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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of ravish.
  • adj. Having the appearance of having been ravished.


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  • Pertinax exposed to public auction, 51 gold and silver plate, chariots of a singular construction, a superfluous wardrobe of silk and embroidery, and a great number of beautiful slaves of both sexes; excepting only, with attentive humanity, those who were born in a state of freedom, and had been ravished from the arms of their weeping parents.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • At first I wasn't sure where he was going with the idea, particularly when he brought up the idea of being ravished, which is so 1980's bodice rippers, but then he mentioned a man wanting to be ravished and having his partner in control and I remembered the scene in Hope Tarr's new Blaze release Bound to Please, where the heroine has her way with the hero.

    Monday Manifesto

  • And speaking thus, he dropped on his knees and pressed to her feet his face, whose glowing and noble expression ravished Catharine's heart.

    Henry VIII and His Court

  • Without it, literature in particular becomes just another form of moral or political discourse (which is paradoxically what Wieseltier objected to in Checkpoint), but Wieseltier's aversion to being "ravished" by art is obviously so powerful that it is a price he would willingly pay.

    The State of Criticism

  • The word "ravished" (Pr 5: 19) here denotes fulness of punishment.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Palin also used Twitter this year to discuss the Gulf Coast being "ravished" by the oil spill.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • Revellers have revealed that the 31-year-old hitched up her skirt and pleaded to be "ravished" on the dance floor of a busy nightclub.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • The desperate model, 31, hitched up her skirt and pleaded to be "ravished" on the dancefloor of a busy nightclub, revellers said.

    British Blogs

  • Maybe the hand, in falling, will drop a healing nap to wake us, pillows ravished, applauding our dreams.

    The Awkwardtist

  • In Young Werther in Love, Werther describes at length the triviality of his life before he met Charlotte; it is a time of “wondrous serenity,” soon to be disturbed, shattered, ravished—no wonder they call it falling.

    First Love & Other Obsessions


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