Meaning of bodice ripper

bod'ice rip"per

Pronunciation: [key]
— Informal. Informal.
  1. a modern Gothic novel or historical romance, usually in paperback format, featuring at least one passionate love scene, characteristically one in which the heroine vainly resists submitting to the villain or hero. Also called
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