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ravish

rav·ish

ravish

 
 
pronunciation:
rae vihsh
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ravished, ravishes, ravishing
definition 1: to overwhelm with emotion or sensation; enrapture.
He was ravished by the beauty of the choir's singing.
synonyms:
enrapture, transport
similar words:
captivate, delight, electrify, enchant, enthrall, entrance, excite, overwhelm, titillate
definition 2: to overcome and carry away by force.
The lord sent men to ravish the daughter of his rival so that he could hold her as a hostage.
synonyms:
abduct
similar words:
kidnap, overwhelm, seize, snatch, usurp
definition 3: to rape.
The pirates looted the vessel and ravished the women on board.
synonyms:
deflower, rape, violate
similar words:
abuse, assault, defile, molest
derivations: ravisher (n.), ravishment (n.)