verb (past and past participle reft /rɛft/)[no object] • archaic
- 1Carry out raids in order to plunder: the strong could reave and stealMore example sentences
- To slink thro' slaps, an' reave an' steal, At stacks o' pease, or stocks o' kail!
- As their gods were, so their laws were; Thor the strong could reave and steal.
- 1.1 [with object] Rob (a person or place) of something by force: reft of a crown, he yet may share the feastMore example sentences
- In silencing my power, I am reft of half my being!
- 1.2 [with object] Steal (something).More example sentences
- Were you planning to escort me to my chambers, or have all your chivalrous faculties been reft from you?
- Helen, symbolizing perfect beauty as produced by Greek art, is recalled from Hades and ardently pursued by Faust, but finally reft from him.
- ‘What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee,’ said Pound.
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- Not in our lands; these are claimed for one and one only, not reavers such as thee!
- What shall a young reaver do but spend his coins like the snake sips water?
- The great-handed reaver felt a hot scar tear across his cheeks and the bitter salt-welling of blood whet his lips and nostrils.
Old English rēafian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roven, German rauben, also to rob.
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