ravishment

ravishment

[rav-ish-muhnt]
noun
1.
rapture or ecstasy.
2.
violent removal.
3.
the forcible abduction of a woman.
4.
rape1 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1470–80; < Middle French ravissement, equivalent to raviss- (see ravish) + -ment -ment

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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
 
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