The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ravish \Rav"ish\ (r[a^]v"[i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ravished
(-[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Ravishing.] [OE. ravissen, F.
ravir, fr. L. rapere to snatch or tear away, to ravish. See
Rapacious, Rapid, and -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.
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. --Shak.
Syn: To transport; entrance; enrapture; delight; violate;
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
70 Moby Thesaurus words for "ravished":
abandoned, amok, bellowing, berserk, bursting with happiness,
carried away, delirious, demoniac, distracted, ecstatic, elate,
elated, enchanted, enraptured, enravished, entranced, exalted,
exultant, feral, ferocious, fierce, flushed, frantic, freaked out,
frenzied, fulminating, furious, haggard, high, hog-wild, howling,
hysterical, imparadised, in a transport, in ecstasies, in heaven,
in hysterics, in paradise, in raptures, in seventh heaven,
intoxicated, jubilant, mad, madding, maniac, on cloud nine,
orgasmic, orgiastic, overjoyed, overjoyful, possessed, rabid,
raging, ramping, ranting, rapt, raptured, rapturous, raving,
rhapsodic, roaring, running mad, sent, storming, transported,
uncontrollable, violent, wild, wild-eyed, wild-looking
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
RAVISHED, pleadings. 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. Bac. Ab. Indictment,
G l; Com. Dig. Indictment, G 6; Hawk. B. 2, c. 25, s. 56; Cro. C. C. 37; 1
Hale, 628: 2 Hale, 184 Co. Litt. 184, n. p.; 2 Inst. 180; 1 East, P. C. 447.
The words "feloniously did ravish and carnally know," imply that the act was
done forcibly and against the will of the woman. 12 S. & R. 70. Vide 3 Chit.
Cr. Law, 812.