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rav·ish / ˈravish/ • v. [tr.] 1. archaic seize and carry off (someone) by force. ∎ dated (of a man) force (a woman or girl) to have sexual intercourse against her will; rape.2. (often be ravished) poetic/lit. fill (someone) with intense delight; enrapture: ravished by a sunny afternoon, she had agreed without even thinking.DERIVATIVES: rav·ish·er n.rav·ish·ment n.ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French raviss-, lengthened stem of ravir, from an alteration of Latin rapere ‘seize.’

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