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verb Rav"ish
  1. 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.]
  2. To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy." Ravished. . . for the joy." [Chaucer.]"Thou hast ravished my heart." [Cant. iv. 9.]
  3. 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

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  1. Hold spellbound
  2. Force (someone) to have sex against their will

From Anglo-Norman, from Old French ravis-, present participle stem of ravir (“to seize; to take away hastily”), from Late Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere.

Notable Persons Named Ravish

Ravish Kumar is a news anchor, journalist with ndtv, news presenter, ndtv, and news anchorand journalist withndtv. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Ravish was born on December 5th, 1974 in Motihari, East Champaran Bihar, India.


Ravish Malhotra is a test pilot.


Ravish Desai is an actor, model (people), and model. His ongoing career started in 2010. Ravish was born on November 22nd, 1986 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Ravish was born in 1911. He died in 1971.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ravish

Prithvi Singh Ravish is an Ambassador At Large of IHRC to India & SAARC. Prithvi was born on July 7th, 1946 in Guliana', Haryana.


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Fun Facts about the name Ravish

  • When was the first name Ravish first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ravish is Sunday, January 4th, 1981.
  • How unique is the name Ravish? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ravish. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Ravish: Your name in reverse order is Hsivar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rvhias. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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