(rv"sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravished (-sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravishing.] [OE. ravissen, F. ravir, fr. L. rapere to snatch or tear away, to ravish. See Rapacious, Rapid, and -ish.] 1. To seize and carry away by violence; to snatch by force.
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These hairs which thou dost ravish from my chin
Will quicken, and accuse thee.
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This hand shall ravish thy pretended right.
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2. To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy. "Ravished . . . for the joy." Chaucer.
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Thou hast ravished my heart.
Cant. iv. 9.
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3. To have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and against her consent; to rape. Shak.
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Syn. -- To transport; entrance; enrapture; delight; violate; deflower; force.
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