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Definition of Ravishment

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abduction, kidnapping; rape, forced sexual intercourse; enchantment, fascination; expansion of the physical
Ravishment Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The state of being ravished; rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy.
  
(n.)
The act of ravishing a woman; rape.
  
(n.)
The act of carrying away by force or against consent; abduction; as, the ravishment of children from their parents, of a ward from his guardian, or of a wife from her husband.
  
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ravishment
\rav"ish*ment\ (?), n. [f. ravissement. see ravish.]
1. the act of carrying away by force or against consent; abduction; as, the ravishment of children from their parents, or a ward from his guardian, or of a wife from her husband.
2. the state of being ravished; rapture; transport of delight; ecstasy. --spencer. in whose sight all things joy, with ravishment attracted by thy beauty still to gaze.
3. the act of ravishing a woman; rape.
ravishment
n
1. a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment [syn: entrancement]


2. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will [syn: rape, violation, assault, sexual assault ]



JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Trais = n. rapine ravishment
Treisiaeth = n. ravishment
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment
(synonym) entrancement
(hypernym) delight, delectation
(derivation) enchant, enrapture, transport, enthrall, ravish, enthral, delight
2. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
(synonym) rape, violation, assault
(hypernym) sexual assault, sexual abuse, sex crime, sex offense
(hyponym) date rape
(derivation) rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage
Ravishment Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent. The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault.

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Ravishment Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
RAVISH, - In indictments for rape, this technical word must be introduced, for no other word, nor any circumlocution, will answer the purpose. The defendant should be charged with having "feloniously ravished" the prosecutrix, or woman mentioned in the indictment. The words "feloniously did ravish and carnally know," imply that the act was done forcibly and against the will of the woman.

RAVISHMENT - This word has several meanings. 1. It is an unlawful taking of a woman, or an heir in ward. 2. It is sometimes used synonymously with rape.

RAVISHMENT OF WARD - Eng. law. The marriage of an infant ward, without the consent of the guardian, is called a ravishment of ward, and punishable by statute.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.