rape
Pronunciation Noun

rape

  1. (now, rare) The taking of something by force; seizure, plunder. [from early 14th c.]
    • 1638 George Sandys, A Paraphrase upon Job (Chapter XXII)
      Ruin'd orphans of thy rapes complain.
    • 1712, Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock
    • 1977, JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion:
      Few of the Teleri were willing to go forth to war, for they remembered the slaying at the Swanhaven, and the rape of their ships.
  2. (now, archaic) The abduction of a woman, especially for sexual purposes. [from 15th c.]
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, First Folio 1623, I.1:
      Sat. Traytor, if Rome haue law, or we haue power, / Thou and thy Faction shall repent this Rape.
      Bass. Rape call you it my Lord, to cease my owne, / My true betrothed Loue, and now my wife?
    • 2000, Mary Beard, The Guardian, 8 Sep 2000:
      The tale of the rape of Lucretia, for example, is hardly tellable - as many Roman writers themselves discovered - without raising the question of where seduction ends and rape begins; the rape of the Sabines puts a similar question mark over the distinction between rape and marriage.
  3. The act of forcing sexual intercourse upon another person without their consent or against their will; originally coitus forced by a man on a woman, but now any sex act forced by any person upon another person. [from 15th c.]
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, II:
      I fled; but he pursued (though more, it seems, / Inflamed with lust than rage), and, swifter far, / Me overtook, his mother, all dismayed, / And, in embraces forcible and foul / Engendering with me, of that rape begot / These yelling monsters […]
    • 1990, ‘Turning Victims into Saints’, Time, 22 Jan 1990:
      Last April the media world exploded in indignation at the rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park.
  4. (obsolete) That which is snatched away.
    • Where now are all my hopes? O, never more. / Shall they revive! nor death her rapes restore.
  5. (obsolete) Movement, as in snatching; haste; hurry.
  6. (slang) Overpowerment; utter defeat.
Translations Verb

rape (rapes, present participle raping; past and past participle raped)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To seize by force. (Now often with overtones of later senses.) [from late 14th c.]
    • 1978, Gore Vidal, Kalki:
      Dr Ashok's eyes had a tendency to pop whenever he wanted to rape your attention.
    • 1983, Alasdair Gray, ‘Logopandocy’, Canongate 2012 (Every Short Story 1951-2012), p. 136:
      It is six years since my just action to reclaim the armaments raped from here by the Lairds of Dalgetty and Tolly […] .
  2. (transitive) To carry (someone, especially a woman) off against their will, especially for sex; to abduct. [from 15th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.10:
      Paridell rapeth Hellenore: / Malbecco her pursewes: / Findes emongst Satyres, whence with him / To turne she doth refuse.
    • 1718, Alexander Pope, translating Homer, The Iliad:
      A Princess rap’d transcends a Navy storm'd.
  3. (chiefly, transitive) To force sexual intercourse or other sexual activity upon (someone) without their consent. [from 16th c.]
    The Communist Specter is not satisfied with beating, raping, sodomizing and killing a man's flesh body alone.
    • 2007, Kunda: The Story of a Child Soldier ISBN 9966082670, page 51:
      "They taught us nothing but how to cheat, curse and abuse. I never killed in cold blood even if I was known as one of the most fearless fighters. Yes, I abducted several children, I robbed and beat, but I never raped."
  4. (transitive) To plunder, to destroy or despoil. [from 17th c.]
    • 1892, Rudyard Kipling, Barrack-Room Ballads:
      I raped your richest roadstead—I plundered Singapore!
  5. (US slang, chiefly, Internet) To overpower, destroy (someone); to trounce. [from 20th c.]
    My experienced opponent will rape me at chess.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

rape (plural rapes)

  1. (now, historical) One of the six former administrative divisions of Sussex, England. [from 11th c.]
    • 1888 March 20, Henry H. Howorth, in a letter to The Archaeological Review, volume 1 (March–August 1888), page 230:
      It seems to me very clear that the rapes of Sussex were divisions already existing there when the Normans landed.
Verb

rape (rapes, present participle raping; past and past participle raped)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive or reflexive) To make haste; to hasten or hurry. [14th-16th c.]
Noun

rape (plural rapes)

  1. (obsolete) Haste; precipitancy; a precipitate course. [14th-17th c.]
    • c. 1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, Wordes Unto Adam:
      So ofte a-daye I mot thy werk renewe, It to correcte and eek to rubbe and scrape; And al is thorugh thy negligence and rape.
Adverb

rape

  1. (obsolete) Quickly; hastily. [14th-19th c.]
Noun

rape (plural rape)

  1. Synonym of rapeseed#English|rapeseed, Brassica napus. [late 14th c.]
Noun

rape

  1. The stalks and husks of grapes from which the must has been expressed in winemaking.
  2. A filter containing the stalks and husks of grapes, used for clarifying wine, vinegar, etc.
  3. (obsolete) Fruit plucked in a bunch.
    a rape of grapes

Rape
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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