Rav"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravishing.] [OE. ravissen, F. ravir, fr. L. rapere to snatch or tear away, to ravish. See Rapacious, Rapid, and -ish.]
To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force.
These hairs which thou dost ravish from my chin
Will quicken, and accuse thee.
This hand shall ravish thy pretended right.
To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy.
. . . for the joy."
Thou hast ravished my heart.
Cant. iv. 9.
To have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and against her consent; to rape.
Syn. -- To transport; entrance; enrapture; delight; violate; deflour; force.
<-- sic. "deflour" is given in this dict. as the preferred sp. of "deflower" -->
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