ravishing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ravishing stunningly beautiful "a ravishing blonde"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ravishing Rapturous; transporting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ravishing Ecstatic delight; mental transport.
    • ravishing Snatching; taking by violence; of or pertaining to ravishment.
    • ravishing Exciting rapture or ecstasy: adapted to enchant; exquisitely lovely; enrapturing.
    • ravishing Moving furiously along; hurrying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Ravishing delighting to rapture: transporting: ecstatic
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Quotations

  • John Donne
    John%20Donne
    “Take me to you, imprison me, for I, except you enthrall me, never shall be free, nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “I should like to know who has been carried off, except poor dear me -- I have been more ravished myself than anybody since the Trojan war.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ravir—L. rapĕre.

Usage

In literature:

She had not sung his heart away, or ravished him with the harp.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
Violator of the hearth, baffled ravisher, go thy way to the doom which thou hast chosen for thyself!
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The ravisher has no heart for repentance, but he has a hand that can murder.
"Zicci, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Lionel's ear was ravished.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Faith with the spoiler, the ravisher and butcher?
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I am not pretty, but my foot is ravishing.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In effect, Thaumast then began to sweat great drops, and seemed to all the spectators a man strangely ravished in high contemplation.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
In the ladies' cabin a pink and white Wilton carpet, as soft as mush, and glorified with a ravishing pattern of gigantic flowers.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 8." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
With strong and eager steps the ravisher pursued: timid apprehension, and unviolated honour, urged her rapid flight.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
For you, for you kings climbed a ravished throne, And all these menacing, quenched fires were lit.
"A Miscellany of Poetry" by Various
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In poetry:

Wake, then, in happier realms above,
The songs of bygone years,
Till angels learn those airs of love
That ravished mortal ears!
"After A Lecture On Moore" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
FOUR sisters sitting in one house,
I said, these roses on a stem
With bosoms bare. But wayfaring
I went and ravished one of them.
"The Four Roses" by John Crowe Ransom
Of joys! O there my ravish'd sense
Was entertain'd in Paradise,
And had a sight of innocence
Which was beyond all bound and price.
"Innocence" by Thomas Traherne
Then though Death's sad night appear,
And we in lonely silence rest;
Our ravish'd Souls no more shall fear,
But with lasting day be blest.
"Constantia's Song" by Abraham Cowley
Now, here's a pretty prize, indeed,
On which De Vinne's art is lavished;
Harkee! the bonny, dainty thing
Is simply waiting to be ravished!
"To De Witt Miller" by Eugene Field
The will can not the stream control,
Its currents are divinely sent,
And thought and feeling, mind and soul,
Are rapt in rhythmic ravishment.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Even on a day of oppressive heat and traffic gridlock it is impossible not to be touched by the beauties and grandeur of this troubled but still ravishing place.
Margaret Yvonne Ravish died Sept 27, 2012.
Margaret Yvonne Ravish , 92, of Sturgis, died Sept 27, 2012, at Sturgis Hospital, following an extended illness.
High Priest Richard Ravish .
High Priest Richard Ravish , 59.
" Ravishing " Rick Rude News Archive from New Year's Revolution.
" Ravishing " Rick Rude News Archive from WWE TLC.
" Ravishing " Rick Rude News Archive from ECW.
Lindsay Lohan Dyes Blonde Hair Back to Ravishing Red (Poll).
Empathic Rats and Ravishing Ravens.
Recap Kate Middleton's Ravishing Royal Tour Looks.
Margaret Yvonne Ravish, 92, of Sturgis, died Sept 27, 2012, at Sturgis Hospital, following an extended illness.
Some of the set pieces are ravishing, more often they're ravishingly clumsy.
Bold Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle) has a serious yen for snooty Darcy (a ravishing Colin Firth).
You'll love the romantic châteaus, grand villas, and ravishing terrain.
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