American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To seize and carry off forcibly.
- v. To deprive (one) of something; bereave.
- v. To rob, plunder, or pillage.
- v. Archaic To break or tear apart.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take away by force or stealth; carry off as booty; take violently; purloin, especially in a foray: with a thing as object.
- To take away; remove; abstract; draw off.
- To rob; plunder; dispossess; bereave: with a person as object.
- To tear up, as the rafters or roof of a house.
- To ravel; pull to pieces, as a textile fabric.
- To practise plundering or pillaging; carry off stolen property.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic].
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
- Alteration of rive by confusion with the above. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reven, to plunder, from Old English rēafian; see reup- in Indo-European roots.Middle English reven, possibly alteration (influenced by reven, to plunder) of Old Norse rīfa, to rive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Duke University, 1956, p. 274; and Carter Papers: An Inventory .... ")  The word" reave "meant to rob or strip at Carter's time.”
“Lest for her like of garden scents he reave her,577”
“What can I say, h-dog: I'm just not as impressed as you are by the guy who took his pique out on the poor innocent fig tree, and told me he came bringing not peace, but the sword, to reave apart families.”
“And he can be very cavalier about rhythm, especially the fiery accents that make a dance out of 'Wilt thou unkind thus reave me'.”
“No queenly way for woman to practise, though peerless she, that the weaver-of-peace 76 from warrior dear by wrath and lying his life should reave!”
“This may not work, he cautioned himself I can but try to reave the power from the humans.”
“Our aim had only been to reave some more weapons, especially light portable ones for our men-atarms.”
“To force a spotless virgin's chastity, To reave the orphan of his patrimony, To wring the widow from her custom'd right, And have no other reason for this wrong.”
“Saint Kiaranus alone, reading beside his herds; and they thought to slay him and to reave his herds.”
“At another time there came robbers to him when he was feeding the herds of his parents, wishing to slay him, so that they might the more easily reave what they would.”
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These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
A list of terms that denote separating one thing from another, or deconstructing a thing into its parts or to a former state. E.g., untie, divorce, unscramble.
A poor pathetic thing, but mine own.
Because they just don't make 'em like they used to.
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