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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.

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.

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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.
Then Annie caps her ravishment of the grove by setting ablaze the trees that Catullus partially lit up with his metaphor.
Sur des vers de Virgile" reflects upon the similarities between sexual and textual ravishment, finding a common cause for the seductiveness of Lucretian erotics and the strength of Lucretian influence.
Coupled with references to desire ("desio") and love ("amor"), Sulam links Ceba's death and admittance to Heaven with a spiritual ravishment ("Perche spogliato del terren suo velo"), which I translate as "Because ravished of its earthen veil," intending the resonance with Donne, but also feeling that this faithfully expresses Sulam's intensity and sentiments.
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
Guido LeBron brought all-stops-out fury to his delight in the prospect of sad-masochistic ravishment of the vulnerable Tosca.
This is the idea that the sublime is awe, ravishment, turmoil, disquiet.
McAvoy argues that Christ's ravishment of Kempe represents, to Kempe herself, absolution and is in opposition to what amounts to the marital rape carried out by her husband.
Fairest resemblance of thy maker fair, Thee all things living gaze on, all things thine By gift, and thy celestial beauty adore With ravishment beheld, there best beheld Where universally admired; but here In this enclosure wild, these beasts among, Beholders rude, and shallow to discern Half what in thee is fair, one man except, Who sees thee?