verb (past rived; past participle riven /ˈrɪv(ə)n/)
1 literary Split or tear apart violently: the party was riven by disagreements over Europe figurative he was riven with guilt
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- Despite his position on the progressive wing, he emerged as leader of a party riven with internal divisions in 1976.
- The negotiating process usually starts during the summer and leaves the cabinet riven with dispute as ministers fight it out with Minister for Finance for resources.
- Although Disney's company was riven with conflicts after his death, the firm emerged in the mid-1980s as the prototype of a successful international media conglomerate.
Middle English: from Old Norse rífa, of unknown ultimate origin.
Words that rhyme with rivealive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, shrive, skive, strive, survive, swive, thrive
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