rape

                    noun (1)
                    \ ?rāp How to pronounce rape (audio) \

                    Definition of rape

                     (Entry 1 of 4)

                    1 : unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against a person's will or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception — compare sexual assault, statutory rape
                    2 : an outrageous violation
                    3 : an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

                    rape

                    verb
                    raped; raping

                    Definition of rape (Entry 2 of 4)

                    transitive verb

                    1 : to commit rape on
                    2a : despoil
                    b archaic : to seize and take away by force

                    rape

                    noun (2)

                    Definition of rape (Entry 3 of 4)

                    : an Old World herb (Brassica napus) of the mustard family grown as a forage crop and for its seeds which yield rapeseed oil and are a bird food — compare canola

                    rape

                    noun (3)

                    Definition of rape (Entry 4 of 4)

                    : the pomace of grapes left after expression of the juice

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                    Other Words from rape

                    Verb

                    raper noun
                    rapist \ ?rā-​pist How to pronounce rapist (audio) \ noun

                    Synonyms for rape

                    Synonyms: Verb

                    assault, force, ravish, violate

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                    Examples of rape in a Sentence

                    Verb

                    He is accused of raping the girl. She was raped by a fellow student.

                    First Known Use of rape

                    Noun (1)

                    14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

                    Verb

                    14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

                    Noun (2)

                    14th century, in the meaning defined above

                    Noun (3)

                    1657, in the meaning defined above

                    History and Etymology for rape

                    Verb

                    Middle English, from Latin rapere

                    Noun (2)

                    Middle English, "turnip, Brassica napus," borrowed from Latin rāpa, rāpum "turnip"; akin to Germanic *rōbjōn- "turnip" (whence Middle Dutch & Middle Low German rove, Old High German ruoba, ruoppa), Lithuanian róp?, Greek rháphys, rhápys (all going back to an earlier *rāp(h)-), Church Slavic (eastern) rěpa, Polish rzepa (going back to *rēp-), Welsh erfin "turnips, rape," Breton irvin (going back to *arb-īno-, perhaps metathesized from *rab-), all from a substratal pre-Indo-European word of uncertain form

                    Noun (3)

                    French rape grape stalk

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                    The first known use of rape was in the 14th century

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                    rape

                    noun
                    \ ?rāp How to pronounce rape (audio) \

                    Kids Definition of rape

                     (Entry 1 of 3)

                    : a plant related to the mustard that is grown for animals to graze on, for its seeds which are fed to birds, and as a source of oil

                    rape

                    verb
                    raped; raping

                    Kids Definition of rape (Entry 2 of 3)

                    : to have sexual intercourse with by force

                    rape

                    noun

                    Kids Definition of rape (Entry 3 of 3)

                    : the crime of forcing someone to have sexual intercourse

                    rape

                    noun
                    \ ?rāp How to pronounce rape (audio) \

                    Medical Definition of rape

                     (Entry 1 of 3)

                    : a European herb (Brassica napus) of the mustard family grown as a forage crop and for its seeds which yield rapeseed oil and are a bird food — see canola sense 1
                    raped; raping

                    Medical Definition of rape (Entry 2 of 3)

                    : to commit rape on

                    rape

                    noun

                    Medical Definition of rape (Entry 3 of 3)

                    : unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent — compare sexual assault, statutory rape
                    raped; raping

                    Legal Definition of rape

                     (Entry 1 of 2)

                    : to commit rape on

                    Other Words from rape

                    raper noun
                    rapist noun

                    rape

                    noun

                    Legal Definition of rape (Entry 2 of 2)

                    : unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception — see also statutory rape

                    Note: The common-law crime of rape involved a man having carnal knowledge of a woman not his wife through force and against her will, and required at least slight penetration of the penis into the vagina. While some states maintain essentially this definition of rape, most have broadened its scope especially in terms of the sex of the persons and the nature of the acts involved. Marital status is usually irrelevant. Moreover, the crime is codified under various names, including first degree sexual assault sexual battery unlawful sexual intercourse, and first degree sexual abuse.

                    History and Etymology for rape

                    Transitive verb

                    Latin rapere to seize and take away by force

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