- 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." [Shak.]"This hand shall ravish thy pretended right." [Dryden.]
- To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy." Ravished. . . for the joy." [Chaucer.]"Thou hast ravished my heart." [Cant. iv. 9.]
- To have carnal knowledge of (a woman) by force, and against her consent; to rape.synonyms: To transport; entrance; enrapture; delight; violate; deflower; force.
Etymology: OE. ravissen, F. ravir, fr. L. rapere to snatch or tear away, to ravish. See Rapacious Rapid, and -ish