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ravishing

[rav-i-shing] /ˈræv ɪ ʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.
Origin of ravishing
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see ravish, -ing1
Related forms
ravishingly, adverb
Can be confused
ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous)

ravish

[rav-ish] /ˈræv ɪʃ/
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
Related forms
ravishedly, adverb
ravisher, noun
unravished, adjective
Can be confused
ravage, ravish.
Synonyms
1. enrapture, transport, enthrall, delight, captivate.
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  • “The colour suits your handsome eyes,” she said softly to one, with a ravishing glance, as she fastened the flower in place.

    Joscelyn Cheshire Sara Beaumont Kennedy
  • The rewards they bestow are sweet, and ravishing, and indescribable.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • There, there for the first time, my enchanted eye rested upon the ravishing word "Duluth."

  • If they tak to ravishing and rieving the master's plenishins I canna help it.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • ravishing perfumes lulled their senses as they reposed in the shade of these fairy-like forests.

    Creed And Deed Felix Adler
  • His own soul is full of harmony, endless in variety, and most ravishing.

British Dictionary definitions for ravishing

ravishing

/ˈrævɪʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
delightful; lovely; entrancing
Derived Forms
ravishingly, adverb

ravish

/ˈrævɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often passive) to give great delight to; enrapture
2.
to rape
3.
(archaic) to carry off by force
Derived Forms
ravisher, noun
ravishment, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French ravir, from Latin rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for ravishing
n.

"act of plundering," c.1300, verbal noun from ravish (v.).

adj.

mid-14c., "ravenous;" early 15c., "enchanting;" present participle adjective from ravish (v.). The figurative notion is of "carrying off from earth to heaven." Related: Ravishingly.

ravish

v.

c.1300, "to seize (someone) by violence, carry (a person, especially a woman) away," from Old French raviss-, present participle stem of ravir "to seize, take away hastily," from Vulgar Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere "to seize and carry off, carry away suddenly, hurry away" (see rapid). Meaning "to commit rape upon" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Ravished; ravishing.

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