Reave meaning

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To seize and carry off forcibly.
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To deprive (one) of something; bereave.
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To rob, plunder, or pillage.
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(archaic) To take away by violence; seize; rob.
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(archaic) To break, split, tear, or the like.
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(archaic) To plunder, pillage, rob, pirate, or remove.
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(archaic) To split, tear, break apart.
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Origin of reave

  • Middle English reven to plunder from Old English rēafian reup- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English reven, from Old English rÄ“afian, from Proto-Germanic *raubōnÄ… (compare West Frisian rave, German rauben, Danish røve), from *raubō (compare Old English rÄ“af 'spoils, booty'), from *reufanÄ… 'to tear' (compare Old English past participle rofen 'torn, broken', Norwegian rjuva), from Proto-Indo-European *Hréup-e/o- (compare Latin rumpere (“to break"), Lithuanian rùpti 'to roughen', Sanskrit ropayati 'to make suffer'). See rob.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration of rive by confusion with the above.

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