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ravish
as in:  afraid they would ravish her


The soldiers ravished the city.
  to rape, overwhelm or plunder
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  • The soldiers ravished the city.
  • "That girl been ravished," he said.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Two minutes had passed and still she was in a bathroom stall, waiting for a man she knew only vaguely, and who, she guessed, wanted only to ravish her, repeatedly, in ever-stranger places.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He’s not being gentle at all with the way he rips off the last two items of clothing between us and ravishes my mouth with his, but I honestly don’t know if my heart could take gentle right now.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless

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  • For minutes she sat there listening, smiling, chilled, ravished while the unrecapturable became captured and slowly began to melt her fierce anguish.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Ravished by half-dressed cowboys.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Instead, Mother ravishes Missus Whitworth with degustationary compliments.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Passepartout was ravished to behold this celebrated place, and thought that, with its circular walls and dismantled fort, it looked like an immense coffee-cup and saucer.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The band played the polonaise in vogue at that time on account of the words that had been set to it, beginning: "Alexander, Elisaveta, all our hearts you ravish quite…."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • It meant "ravisher" or "abductor."
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The lover is the priest; the ravished virgin is terrified.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That is all very well, and enough for today; before we proceed further, someone must be informed that you know the ravisher of your wife.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The ravisher stopped suddenly, his knees bent under him, and he fell with Teresa in his arms.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He cannot ravish.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • There was a simultaneous sigh, which created quite a little gust, as the last hope fled, and the treat was ravished from their longing lips.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He was dark of face, swarthy as a pirate, and his eyes were as bold and black as any pirate’s appraising a galleon to be scuttled or a maiden to be ravished.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Yet so ravished was I with this place, that I made me a little kind of bower, surrounding it with a double hedge, as high as I could reach, well staked and filled with bullrushes: and having spent a great part of the month of July, I think it was the first of August before I began to enjoy my labour.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • And the pocket-book was again deliberately produced, opened, sought through; from one of its compartments was extracted a shabby slip of paper, hastily torn off: I recognised in its texture and its stains of ultra-marine, and lake, and vermillion, the ravished margin of the portrait-cover.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Naughty lady, These hairs which thou dost ravish from my chin Will quicken, and accuse thee: I am your host: With robber’s hands my hospitable favours You should not ruffle thus.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Not the white bull Jupiter swimming away with ravished Europa clinging to his graceful horns; his lovely, leering eyes sideways intent upon the maid; with smooth bewitching fleetness, rippling straight for the nuptial bower in Crete; not Jove, not that great majesty Supreme! did surpass the glorified White Whale as he so divinely swam.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Now, divine air! now is his soul ravished!
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Someone who can ravish my heart with the flames of love.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • "And thou, creature of guilt and misery," said Cedric, "what became thy lot on the death of thy ravisher?"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He took the ravished body of that poor working girl"the money was in her dress, I say"and dumped it four floors down an air-shaft.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He makes much of Zeus taking the swan’s form to ravish Leda and beget Helen (of Troy) on her, and he sees the archangel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary in terms of wings and birds as well.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I had been pleased with Robin’s playing, Alan’s ravished me.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • She called her maids, who then assembled women from the city But Hekabe went down to the low chamber fragrant with cedar, where the robes were kept, embroidered work by women of Sidonia Alexandras had brought, that time he sailed and ravished Helen, princess, pearl of kings.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I lost some time, now, for these big children, their fears gone, became so ravished with wonder over my awe-compelling fireworks that I had to stay there and smoke a couple of pipes out before they would let me go.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I find you again in Portugal? then you have not been ravished? then they did not rip open your belly as Doctor Pangloss informed me?
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Though I suspect any fears of being ravished are just wishful thinking on both your parts.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The enthusiasm, the selflessness behind the whole performance ravished her, the technic of moving many varied types, each as immobile, as dependent on supplies of attention as an infantry battalion is dependent on rations, appeared so effortless that he still had pieces of his own most personal self for everyone.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But the human spirit had tried by a desperate contortion to ravish the unknown, flinging down science and history in the struggle, yes, beauty herself.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • But Aphrodite fed those children honey, cheese, and wine, and Hera gave them looks and wit, and Artemis, pure Artemis, gave lovely height, and wise Athena made them practised in her arts- till Aphrodite in glory walked on Olympos, begging for each a happy wedding day from Zeus, the lightning’s joyous king, who knows all fate of mortals, fair and foul- but even at that hour the cyclone winds had ravished them away to serve the loathsome Furies.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Nay, I should be in as horrible a fright as your la’ship; for to be certain, they would ravish us both.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Boys, with apples, cakes, candy, and rolls of variously tinctured lozenges,—merchandise that reminded Hepzibah of her deserted shop,—appeared at each momentary stopping-place, doing up their business in a hurry, or breaking it short off, lest the market should ravish them away with it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He carried it that length that he protested to me, that if he was naked in bed with me, he would as sacredly preserve my virtue as he would defend it if I was assaulted by a ravisher.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Then they took the convicts from the plantations, but not until one of the fairest regions of the "Oakey Woods" had been ruined and ravished into a red waste, out of which only a Yankee or an immigrant could squeeze more blood from debt-cursed tenants.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Drowned in the lake, ravished by gypsies, struck by a passing motorcar, she thought ritually, a sound principle being that nothing was ever as one imagined it, and this was an efficient means of excluding the worst.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • What, said Sir Launcelot, is he a thief and a knight and a ravisher of women? he doth shame unto the order of knighthood, and contrary unto his oath; it is pity that he liveth.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • We transport you into a world of intrigue and illusion … clowns, if you like, murderers-we can do you ghosts and battles, on the skirmish level, heroes, villains, tormented lovers-set pieces in the poetic vein; we can do you rapiers or rape or both, by all means, faithless wives and ravished virgins-flagrante delicto at a price, but that comes under realism for which there are special terms.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • And then it occurred to me suddenly that my parents could not fail to experience the same emotions, that they must find themselves sharing my point of view, that they perceived in their turn, that they condoned, that they even embraced my visionary longings, and I was as wretched as though I had ravished and corrupted the innocence of their hearts.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • What, said Sir Launcelot, is he a thief and a knight and a ravisher of women? he doth shame unto the order of knighthood, and contrary unto his oath; it is pity that he liveth.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Let the planet be convulsed with exploding bombs, the country ravished daily by new hordes, all his neighbors taken out and shothe could accept it all more easily than he dared admit.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • …was the halfway point between what we call the jungle and what we call civilization, halfway between the dark inscrutable continent from which the black blood, the black bones and flesh and thinking and remembering and hopes and desires, was ravished by violence, and the cold known land to which it was doomed, the civilised land and people which had expelled some of its own blood and thinking and desires that had become too crass to be faced and borne longer, and set it homeless and…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The Beta blond was ravished away into the sky and kept there, hovering, for three weeks in a wildly anti-social tête-à-tête with the black madman.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • VOLP: In vain— BON [RUSHING IN]: Forbear, foul ravisher, libidinous swine!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • He must laugh, sleep, ravish, he must talk and sleep.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
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