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- Done —RuakhTALK 20:21, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
- To seize by force. (Now often with overtones of later senses.) [from 14th c.]
- (transitive) To carry (someone, especially a woman) off against their will, especially for sex; to abduct. [from 15th c.]
- (transitive) To force sexual intercourse or other sexual activity upon (someone) without their consent. [from 16th c.]
- (transitive) To plunder, to destroy or despoil. [from 17th c.]
Do we have any data to support that these were the centuries the words originated from? What is the source of these century labels?
I ask because I find it odd that forced sexual activity precedes plunder/destroy/despoil. The latter seems like a more natural extension of the 'abduct/carry off' usage. Etym (talk) 10:13, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
- It's confirmed by the OED (entry updated 2008). First citation for forced sex is from 1574; for plunder/despoil, 1673. Ƿidsiþ 10:15, 10 May 2013 (UTC)