Notes of a word-watcher, Hanching Chung. A first port of call for English learning.
anathematise, ravish, voluble, circumscribe
Only a few years ago populist nationalists exercised voluble sway over the region’s politics. Now Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is dead, Cristina Fernández is out of power in Argentina and Rafael Correa has opted not to run again in Ecuador
Thinking of Muslims overall as a homogenous group is foolhardy—however much some of the West’s demagogues encourage voters to. The terrorists themselves, of course, are keen to prove that the West does indeed anathematise all Muslims. To see such killers as representatives of a religion, and to reduce a complex picture to their preferred caricature, would be to reward their crimes—just as circumscribing the principle of free speech would be to bow to their medieval fantasies http://econ.st/1wweVzy
"Delivers in such apt and gracious words
That aged ears play truant at his tales,
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
So sweet and voluble is his discourse."
--Rosaline from "Love's Labour's Lost" (2.1.78)
bodice‐ripper, a popular modern variety of romance that emphasizes the sexual excitement of seduction and ‘ravishment’, usually in colourful settings based on the conventions of the historical novel and peopled by pirates, highwaymen, wenches etc. A classic example is Kathleen Winsor's best‐selling romance, Forever Amber (1944). See also S & F.
This originally referred to the violent seizure of property, and later to the carrying off of a woman by force. It comes via Anglo-Norman French from Latinrapere ‘seize’, also the source of the wordrapacious and rapid [both M17th], and of rapt(Late Middle English) and rapture (late 16th century), when you are carried away by your feelings. In Old French repere was changed to ravir, source of ravish (Middle English). The plant name, rape, originally referred to the turnip. It is from Latin rapum, rapa ‘turnip’.