June 26, 2004

June 26, 2004 08:12 AM

SYLLABICATION: rav·ish

TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: rav·ished, rav·ish·ing, rav·ish·es 1. To seize and carry away by force. 2. To rape; violate. 3. To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture.

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English ravisshen, from Old French ravir, raviss-, from Vulgar Latin *rapre, from Latin rapere, to seize.

OTHER FORMS: ravish·er —NOUN