Rav"ish*ment (?), n. [F. ravissement. See Ravish.]

1.

The act of carrying away by force or against consent; abduction; as, the ravishment of children from their parents, or a ward from his guardian, or of a wife from her husband.

Blackstone.

2.

The state of being ravished; rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy.

Spencer.

In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. Milton.

3.

The act of ravishing a woman; rape.

 

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