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Definition of "rape" [rape]

  • The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse. (noun)
  • The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction. (noun)
  • Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice. (noun)
  • To force (another person) to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse; commit rape on. (verb-transitive)
  • To seize and carry off by force. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rape" in a sentence
  • "I've seen many other instances where train rape is referenced, including a shirt my friend has that has a stick man reaching under a stick woman's dress on public transit and in Japanese is written "Beware of Perverts.""
  • "WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Georgia doesn't like the term rape "victim.""
  • "WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Georgia doesn t like the term rape victim."