Word of the Week Wednesday

rav·ish (ˈra-vish) verb, trans
1. to fill with strong emotion, especially joy.
2. to seize and carry off by force.
3. to carry off (a woman) by force.

Examples of RAVISH

  1. <tales of Caribbean pirates who abducted fair maidens and ravished them without mercy>
  2. <travelers have long been ravished with wonder and awe by the immensity of the Great Pyramid at Giza>

Origin of RAVISH

Middle English ravisshen, from Anglo-French raviss-, stem of ravir, from Vulgar Latin *rapire, alteration of Latin rapere to seize, rob — more at rapid

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to RAVISH

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