Definition for RAV'ISH-MENT


  1. The act of forcing a woman to carnal connection; forcible violation of chastity. – Taylor. Dryden.
  2. Rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy; pleasing violence on the mind or senses. All things joy with ravishment / Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. – Milton.
  3. The act of carrying away; abduction; as, the ravishment of children from their parents, of a ward from his guardian, or of a wife from her husband. – Blackstone.

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