tr.v. rav·ished, rav·ish·ing, rav·ish·es
1. To force (another) to have sexual intercourse; rape.
2. To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture: moviegoers who were ravished with delight.
3. Archaic To seize and carry away by force.
[Middle English ravishen, from Old French ravir, raviss-, from Vulgar Latin *rapīre, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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