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. "In whose sight all things joy, with ravishment Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze." (Milton)

3. The act of ravishing a woman; rape.

Origin: F. Ravissement. See Ravish.

(01 Mar 1998)

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