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Topic: CRIME

Sense: 1,3
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: RAPE1
Sense: 2
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: rapa

rape

2 noun
     
rape2
1 [uncountable and countable]SCC the crime of forcing someone to have sex, especially by using violence:
Police are investigating a series of violent rapes in the town.
He was arrested and charged with rape.
He always denied that he was guilty of rape.
the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl
He was convicted of attempted rape.
2 [uncountable] also oilseed rape British EnglishHBP a European plant with yellow flowers, grown as animal food and for its oil [= canola American English]
3

the rape of something

the unnecessary destruction of something, especially the environment:
companies which profit from the rape of the Earth
WORD FOCUS: crime WORD FOCUS: crime
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

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