ravishing

[rav-i-shing]

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see ravish, -ing1

ravishingly, adverb

ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous).
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ravish

[rav-ish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to fill with strong emotion, especially joy.
2.
to seize and carry off by force.
3.
to carry off (a woman) by force.
4.
to rape (a woman).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English ravishen < Middle French raviss-, long stem of ravir to seize ≪ Latin rapere; see rape1

ravishedly, adverb
ravisher, noun
unravished, adjective

ravage, ravish.


1. enrapture, transport, enthrall, delight, captivate.
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ravish (ˈrævɪʃ)
 
vb
1.  (often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
2.  to rape
3.  archaic to carry off by force
 
[C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize]
 
'ravisher
 
n
 
'ravishment
 
n

ravishing (ˈrævɪʃɪŋ)
 
adj
delightful; lovely; entrancing
 
'ravishingly
 
adv

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ravish
c.1300, "to seize (someone) by violence, carry (a person, esp. a woman) away," from O.Fr. raviss-, prp. stem of ravir "to seize, take away hastily," from V.L. *rapire, from L. rapere "to seize, hurry away" (see rapid). Meaning "to commit rape upon" is recorded from mid-15c.
Ravishing "act of plundering" is from c.1300; in the sense of "enchanting" it is attested from early 15c., from notion of "carrying off from earth to heaven" (early 14c.).
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Example sentences
She is an attractive forty-five-year-old who could, if she dedicated time to
  herself instead of her work, be ravishing.
The country beauty looked ravishing in a red dress that tied demurely at the
  neck.
From across the pond comes a ravishing collection of scientific imagery.
She kneels and prays, tormented only for a moment before breaking out in the
  ravishing smile of complete acceptance.
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