Meaning of RAPE in English


I. ˈrāp noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin rapa, rapum turnip, rape; akin to Old High German rāba turnip, rape, Lithuanian ropė

Date: 14th century

: 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

II. transitive verb

( raped ; rap·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin rapere

Date: 14th century


a. archaic : to seize and take away by force

b. : despoil

2. : to commit rape on

• rap·er noun

• rap·ist ˈrā-pist noun

III. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

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 — compare sexual assault , statutory rape

3. : an outrageous violation

IV. noun

Etymology: French râpe grape stalk

Date: 1657

: grape pomace

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