Definition of rive in English:

rive

Syllabification: rive
Pronunciation: /rīv
 
/

verb (past rived /rīvd/; past participle riven /ˈrivən/)

(usually be riven)
  • 1Split 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.
    Synonyms
    torn apart, split, rent, severed
    literary cleft, torn asunder
  • 1.1 archaic Split or crack (wood or stone): the wood was riven with deep cracks
  • 1.2 [no object] archaic (Of wood or stone) split or crack: I started to chop furiously, the dry wood riving and splintering under the ax

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse rífa, of unknown ultimate origin.

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