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[rav-i-shing] /ˈræv ɪ ʃɪŋ/
extremely beautiful or attractive; enchanting; entrancing.
Origin of ravishing
1300-50; Middle English; see ravish, -ing1
Related forms
ravishingly, adverb
Can be confused
ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at ravenous) Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Glenarm put out a little hand, ravishingly clothed in a blush-colored glove, and laid it on the athlete's mighty arm.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • Why, my dear fellow, the other day in your room you were singing 'L'Ange Gardien' ravishingly.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • It is ravishingly beautiful; is it in its higher part thoroughly unobjectionable as a site for a dwelling?

  • Yet Rivervale never seemed so ravishingly beautiful to all his senses.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • You are looking positively younger than your ravishingly beautiful daughter.

  • Marianne, ravishingly beautiful, was exultant at realizing her dream.

  • As ravishingly disagreeable as usual, thank you, was the somewhat snappy retort.

    Meg, of Valencia Myra Williams Jarrell
  • The auditorium was gradually darkened,and the dividing curtain disclosed a ravishingly beautiful scene by the sea-shore.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • I don't see how a fellow can help it; they are ravishingly beautiful, don't you think so, Johnston?

    The Land of the Changing Sun William N. Harben
British Dictionary definitions for ravishingly


delightful; lovely; entrancing
Derived Forms
ravishingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ravishingly



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


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.

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