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Unlawful carnal knowledge of a female by a male by force, against her will and without her consent.

Ravishment is the same as rape, a criminal offense defined by most statutes as unlawful sexual intercourse with a female by a male with force and without her consent.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

RAVISHMENT, crim. law. 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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(49) For the husband to obtain monetary damages, he had to bring his case in the Royal Courts under the established writs of abduction or ravishment. (50) Under these writs, the wife was property; "[w]hen a man trespassed on another man's wife, the adulterer was obliged to pay damages for the injury as if he had taken the plaintiffs livestock or gone uninvited onto the plaintiff's land." (51)
The story of Lol's ravishment revolves around what might be described as a "primal scene": the event of Lol's abandonment by her fiance, Michael Richardson, who leaves her for another woman at a ball at T.
She has ignited the total circumference of plant life that encloses her: "Everything that can blossom is blossoming around her now." Then Annie caps her ravishment of the grove by setting ablaze the trees that Catullus partially lit up with his metaphor.
In Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, a marriage of codependency--from which sex has all but varnished, except with other partners--ends nightmarishly with the husband's illness and death and the wife's ravishment. Lopate proceeds to a similar but less tragic experience in Morocco--where he fell ill like Bowles's character, and his first wife went off to hear native music and was almost raped--causing the author to wonder if he behaved more like a brother than a husband.
In what is to become a familiar scene of ghost stories of the fin de siecle, the final spectacle is that of the dead woman in a state of ravishment: Alice Oke is first pictured with 'her head slightly thrown back' (152) and holding a large red rose in her hand as if in a moment of passion, before she sinks down from the sofa, 'a pool of red forming in her white dress' with her mouth 'convulsed, as if in that automatic shriek, but her wide-open white eyes seemed to smile vaguely and distantly' (152).
Dubbed The American Beatles, there's punk mania and melody saturated arena rock ravishment ago-go here, and even as they faded in the late 1980s, a fiery ingenuity is apparent.
His theological aesthetics, based on the concepts of "form" and "splendor/glory," combines a theme of foundational theology, namely the discovery of the figure of God who reveals Godself (i.e., the issue of how God's revelation can be perceived and received by human beings), and a dogmatic theme, the doctrine of participation in the divine life (in the form of ravishment or entrancement in God's beauty).
Lightly he clipt her twixt his armes twaine, And streightly did embrace her body bright, Her body, late the prison of sad paine, Now the sweet lodge of love and deare delight: But she faire Lady overcommen quite In huge affection, did in pleasure melt, And in sweet ravishment pourd out her spright: No word they spake, nor earthly thing they felt, But like two senceless stocks in long embracement dwelt (III xii 45, 1590 ed.).
Gillray can also claim extra posthumous fame: in a cartoon published in 1797, titled "Political Ravishment, or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!" the artist also coined the euphemism for the Bank of England which is still used today.
Guido LeBron brought all-stops-out fury to his delight in the prospect of sad-masochistic ravishment of the vulnerable Tosca.