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  • n. Plural form of reaver.

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Examples

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  • Disguised as a camel-driver, I was traveling in a caravan in the land of Koth, when Ascalante's reavers fell upon us.

    Wings in the Night

  • He had been six years old when the reavers had attacked the village, setting houses aflame, killing the men, and dragging out the younger women.

    Shield of Thunder

  • And when the Lemurians or the Celts or any foreign nation or band of reavers come against us, he sends forth for all tribes to put aside their quarrels and fight side by side.

    The Conquering Sword Of Conan

  • The Mykene were a fearless race: plunderers, killers, reavers.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • I thought they would be a protection against pirates and reavers.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • But inflamed with the murder lust, the reavers would have followed their prey across a hundred miles of rough water, in an open boat, if necessary.

    People of the Dark

  • No, that had been no dream: I was John O'Brien, but I had been Conan of the reavers in that other life, and that grim interlude a brief episode of reality which I had relived.

    People of the Dark

  • Last night I was the picked swordsman of a band of reavers and you a captive.

    People of the Dark

  • Then suddenly I remembered and laughed to think that a fall on his head should render me, Conan of the reavers, so completely daft.

    People of the Dark

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  • Ah, see, I thought it was spelled "The Reivers," but looked it up in OED, got confused because I was in a hurry, and listed it "riever"! Thanks, sionnach. And reesetee--I love that word, but would not have made that connection. Cool.

    December 19, 2007

  • I'm feeling bereft.

    December 19, 2007

  • c_b: I believe the name of the McQueen movie, and the Faulkner book on which it was based, is "The Reivers" (not "The Rievers").

    Several dictionaries specify reaver as the preferred spelling. Reave is also the root from which the participle reft is derived.

    December 18, 2007

  • Hm. I always thought this was spelled rievers, like, cattle thieves. I see OED has reaver listed as a preferred spelling and riever (like in the McQueen movie--wait, was it McQueen?) second. Learn somethin' every day!

    December 18, 2007

  • "Reavers ain't men — or they forgot how to be." - Mal, Firefly

    December 18, 2007