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ravish
used in Candide

8 uses
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Definition
to rape, overwhelm or plunder
  • 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?
    Chapter 7 (71% in)
  • A tall Bulgarian, six feet high, perceiving that I had fainted away at this sight, began to ravish me; this made me recover; I regained my senses, I cried, I struggled, I bit, I scratched, I wanted to tear out the tall Bulgarian's eyes—not knowing that what happened at my father's house was the usual practice of war.
    Chapter 8 (6% in)
  • A modest woman may be ravished once, but her virtue is strengthened by it.
    Chapter 8 (31% in)
  • "Alas!" said Cunegonde, "my good mother, unless you have been ravished by two Bulgarians, have received two deep wounds in your belly, have had two castles demolished, have had two mothers cut to pieces before your eyes, and two of your lovers whipped at an auto-da-fe, I do not conceive how you could be more unfortunate than I. Add that I was born a baroness of seventy-two quarterings—and have been a cook!"
    Chapter 10 (83% in)
  • Imagine to yourself the distressed situation of the daughter of a Pope, only fifteen years old, who, in less than three months, had felt the miseries of poverty and slavery, had been ravished almost every day, had beheld her mother drawn in quarters, had experienced famine and war, and was dying of the plague in Algiers.
    Chapter 12 (34% in)
  • You have been ravished by Bulgarians; a Jew and an Inquisitor have enjoyed your favours.
    Chapter 13 (62% in)
  • I shall have ever present to my memory the dreadful day, on which I saw my father and mother killed, and my sister ravished.
    Chapter 15 (4% in)
  • Such spectacles as these increased the number of their dissertations; and when they did not dispute time hung so heavily upon their hands, that one day the old woman ventured to say to them: "I want to know which is worse, to be ravished a hundred times by negro pirates, to have a buttock cut off, to run the gauntlet among the Bulgarians, to be whipped and hanged at an auto-da-fe, to be dissected, to row in the galleys—in short, to go through all the miseries we have undergone, or to...
    Chapter 30 (27% in)

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