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English definition of “rape”


noun [U] (DESTRUCTION)    /reɪp/
destruction of the natural world, often for profit: The road builders were accused of the rape of the countryside.Environmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors
(Definition of rape noun (DESTRUCTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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