• WordNet 3.6
    • n ravishment the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
    • n ravishment a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ravishment The act of carrying away by force or against consent; abduction; as, the ravishment of children from their parents, of a ward from his guardian, or of a wife from her husband.
    • Ravishment The act of ravishing a woman; rape.
    • Ravishment The state of being ravished; rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy. "In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ravishment The act of seizing and carrying off, or the act or state of forcible abduction; violent transport or removal.
    • n ravishment Mental transport; a carrying or being carried away with delight; ecstasy; rapture.
    • n ravishment Violation of female chastity; rape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ravishment act of ravishing: abduction: rape: ecstatic delight: rapture
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  • John Donne
    “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
    “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
    “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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ravissement,. See Ravish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ravir—L. rapĕre.


In literature:

The second may be ravished from us, but can be of no advantage to him who deprives us of them.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
He would be ravished to dine next evening with Sir Charles.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
And he had a way of blowing out the smoke that secretly ravished every feminine beholder.
"The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Maids and matrons were ravished in multitudes; old men butchered in cold blood.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
They seated themselves at table, and immediately harmonious lyres and harps waked the air with the most ravishing notes.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
The music of the latter is the most ravishing gesture that art has yet made.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
But war was ravishing the land; there was no work for him to do.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
He was instantly ravished of the sight by Henry.
"The Prodigal Judge" by Vaughan Kester
The present moment ravished and trashed all former beings and, like a mountebank, sold its new products as the true goods.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
Finally, he ravished me, and worked his entire pleasure upon me.
"The Satyricon, Complete" by Petronius Arbiter

In poetry:

"No longer now the ravish'd Poet sung,
"His Voice in easy Cadence left the Tongue;
"Nor o'er the Musick did his Fingers fly,
"The Sounds ran tingling, and they seem'd to die.
"An Essay On The Different Stiles Of Poetry" by Thomas Parnell
"What power unseen my ravish'd fancy fires?
I pierce the dreary shade of future days;
Sure 'tis the genius of the land inspires,
To breathe my latest breath in —— praise.
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
Her tears made dulcet fretting,
Her voice had no word,
More than thunder or the bird.
Yet, unforgetting,
The ravished soul her meanings knew. Mine ears
heard not, and I heard.
"The Mistress Of Vision" by Francis Thompson
The morn blush'd fair; mild blew the gale,
The lark to heaven light warbling springs;
Col smiles with love, spreads quick the sail,
And sweeps with ravish'd heart the strings!
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
"O might my breath for —— praise suffice,
How gently should my dying limbs repose!
O might his future glory bless mine eyes,
My ravish'd eyes! how calmly would they close!
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
Gods! shall a sordid son of earth
Enfold a form of heavenly birth,
And ravish joys divine;
An angel bless unconscious arms?
The circle of surrender'd charms
Unhallowed hands entwine?
"Ode To a Young Lady" by John Logan

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Recap Kate Middleton's Ravishing Royal Tour Looks.
Perfect for a small first course, this dish channels the summer through its ravishing colors and striking flavors.
Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love.
Here is a book of 126 splendid color photographs by Leni Riefenstahl, certainly the most ravishing book of photographs published anywhere in recent years.
The Emmy Awards are just around the corner, so what better time to take a walk down memory lane and check out 10 ravishing recipients of top TV honors stripped down into skimpy bikinis.
The final installment in Thomas's Fitzhugh trilogy (after Ravishing the Heiress) provides a sizzling series conclusion as romance ignites between an independent businesswoman and a nobleman.
With Broken Embraces, Almodóvar gets his most ravishing performance from Penélope Cruz.
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).
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