• WordNet 3.6
    • v rape destroy and strip of its possession "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    • v rape force (someone) to have sex against their will "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    • n rape the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
    • n rape the act of despoiling a country in warfare
    • n rape Eurasian plant cultivated for its seed and as a forage crop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S.
    • Rape A filter containing the above refuse, used in clarifying and perfecting malt, vinegar, etc.
    • n Rape (Bot) A name given to a variety or to varieties of a plant of the turnip kind, grown for seeds and herbage. The seeds are used for the production of rape oil, and to a limited extent for the food of cage birds.☞ These plants, with the edible turnip, have been variously named, but are all now believed to be derived from the Brassica campestris of Europe, which by some is not considered distinct from the wild stock (Brassica oleracea) of the cabbage. See Cole.
    • Rape An action causing results harmful to a person or thing; as, the rape of the land by mining companies.
    • Rape Fruit, as grapes, plucked from the cluster.
    • Rape Movement, as in snatching; haste; hurry.
    • n Rape One of six divisions of the county of Sussex, England, intermediate between a hundred and a shire.
    • Rape (Law) Sexual connection with a woman without her consent. See Age of consent, under Consent n.
    • Rape That which is snatched away. "Where now are all my hopes? O, never more
      Shall they revive! nor death her rapes restore."
    • Rape The act of seizing and carrying away by force; violent seizure; robbery. "And ruined orphans of thy rapes complain."
    • Rape The refuse stems and skins of grapes or raisins from which the must has been expressed in wine making.
    • Rape To commit rape upon; to ravish.
    • Rape To perform an action causing results harmful or very unpleasant to a person or thing; as, women raped first by their assailants, and then by the Justice system. Corresponds to 2nd rape n. 5.
    • v. i Rape To rob; to pillage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during the full moon.
    • rape To make haste; hasten; hurry: often used reflexively.
    • n rape Haste; precipitancy; a precipitate course.
    • rape Quick; hasty.
    • rape Quickly; hastily.
    • rape To seize and carry off; snatch up; seize; steal.
    • rape To commit the crime of rape.
    • rape To carry off violently; hence, figuratively, to enrapture; ravish.
    • rape To commit rape upon; ravish.
    • n rape The act of snatching by force; a seizing and carrying away by force or violence, whether of persons or things; violent seizure and carrying away: as, the rape of Proserpine; the rape of the Sabine women; Pope's “Rape of the Lock.”
    • n rape In law, the violation or carnal knowledge of a woman forcibly and against her will. Forcibly is usually understood not necessarily to mean violence, but to include negative consent. Statutes in various jurisdictions modify the definition, some by extending it to include carnal knowledge of a girl under 10 either with or without her consent. Rape is regarded as one of the worst felonies. The penalty for it was formerly death, as it is still in some jurisdictions, but is now generally imprisonment for life or for a long term of years. It is now often called criminal assault.
    • n rape Something taken or seized and carried away; a captured person or thing.
    • n rape A division of the county of Sussex, in England, intermediate between a hundred and the shire. The county is divided into six rapes.
    • n rape A turnip.
    • n rape The colza, cole-seed, or rape-seed, a cruciferous plant including the Brassica campestris and B. Napus of Linnæus, the latter form now considered to be a variety, together with the common turnip, of B. campestris, which occurs in a wild state as a weed throughout Europe and Asiatic Russia. Of the two forms named, the former, sometimes called summer rape, has rough leaves, and the latter, called winter rape, smooth leaves. Rape is extensively grown in Europe and in India for its oleaginous seeds, the source of rape-oil. It is also sown for its leaves, which are used as food for sheep, and are produced in gardens for use as a salad.
    • n rape The stem or stalk of grapes.
    • n rape plural The stalks and skins of grapes from which the must has been expressed.
    • n rape Loose or refuse grapes used in wine-making.
    • n rape A filter used in a vinegar-manufactory to separate the mucilaginous matter from the vinegar. It derives its name from being charged with rapes.
    • rape To scratch; abrade; scarify.
    • n rape An obsolete or dialectal form of rope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rape rāp the act of seizing and carrying away by force: carnal knowledge of a woman without her consent
    • n Rape rāp a division of the county of Sussex, greater than the hundred.
    • n Rape rāp a plant nearly allied to the turnip, cultivated for its herbage and oil-producing seeds: cole-seed
    • n Rape rāp the stalk and skin of grapes.
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  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.”
  • L. R. Powell
    L. R. Powell
    “Legislators: Rape their wives and do two years. Kill their children and do five years. Steal their money and kiss your ass goodbye.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.”
  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “We will look upon the earth and her sister planets as being with us, not for us. One does not rape a sister.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. hreppr, village, district; cf. Icel. hreppa, to catch, obtain, AS. hrepian, hreppan, to touch


In literature:

Murders and rapes were becoming common occurrences.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
All the poets of the present century, she declared, if put together, could not have written the Rape of the Lock.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Many were attacked and raped by the Kaffirs.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
The reaction with rape oil was similar in all respects.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
This same principle applies in lesser degree to many green fodders that are more suitable as feed for animals, as silage, green rye, rape, etc.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
The other is sometimes called the Rape of Helen.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Pope had written the Rape of the Lock, in two cantos, without supernatural machinery.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Children, too, are often the victims of other sexual acts, such as rape, which in a few instances only can be included in the category of sadism.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Loki's theft of these tresses is equivalent to Pluto's rape of Proserpine.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
They would gather all the women, rape them, and cut their throats.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

The bruit de rape and the bruit de scie
And the bruit de diable are all combined;
How happy Bouillaud would be,
If he a case like this could find!
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Noo, wha can be pu'in' that unseen rape
In the mirk, mirk hoor o' the nicht?
An' wha can be ringin' that unseen bell
That has gien me sic a fricht?
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
His airms gaed up an' his airms gaed doon,
While his mouth took many a shape;
"The curse has fa'en on him at last," they cried,
"An' his weird's to pu' the rape."
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
Shall we, when the grim shape
Roars upward, dance and sing?
Yes: if we honour rape,
If we take pride to Ring
So bountifully on space
The sperm of our long woes, our large disgrace.
"Prelude to Space" by C S Lewis
Till thy quick torch a barn had burned
Where twelve months' store of victual lay,
A widow's sons had earned;
Which done, thy floods with winds returned, --
The river raped their little herd away.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
Yet this is what appeals to me:
Cobbet, a friend, loved him so well
He sailed across the surly sea
To raw and rigid New Rochelle:
With none to say: 'Take him not from us!'
He raped the grave of Thomas.
"Tom Paine" by Robert W Service

In news:

Up to 30 percent of college women have been victims of date rape .
Oregon Bomber Suspect Had Date Rape Accusation.
ASPEN — The Aspen Police Department and Response have teamed together to distribute 2,500 drink coasters in response to concern about date-rape drugs being slipped around town.
7 Year Bitch's "Dead Men Don't Rape".
It's about time these Date Rape Anthems got down to serious business.
7 Year Bitch's "Dead Men Don't Rape," another in our anti-rape anthem series, obviously.
Date-rape drug use on the rise, UN warns.
Date rape has been getting some pretty heavy rotation on the airwaves since Jamie Foxx's latest single, "Blame It (On the Alcohol)," dropped.
Did Matt Hamilton drug and rape Annie Hylton, or was she an "energetic drunk" who had consensual sex with Hamilton.
Are called " date rape drugs" because men have used them to make women black out and lose their defenses.
Daughter's Death Prompts Fight on ' Date Rape ' Drug.
Farther along, the actors recount a rape that hinges on misunderstanding.
One in four college women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape.
Inside, the pamphlet offers a sample date-rape scenario.
Falsified rape claim at UConn leads to arrest.