Reave

Reave

(rv), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaved (rvd), Reft (rft), or Raft (rft) (obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaving.] [AS. refian, from ref spoil, plunder, clothing, refan to break (cf. birefan to deprive of); akin to G. rauben to rob, Icel. raufa to rob, rjfa to break, violate, Goth. birubn to despoil, L. rumpere to break; cf. Skr. lup to break. 114. Cf. Bereave, Rob, v. t., Robe, Rove, v. i., Rupture.] To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. "To reave his life." Spenser.
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He golden apples raft of the dragon.
Chaucer.
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If the wooers reave
By privy stratagem my life at home.
Chapman.
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To reave the orphan of his patrimony.
Shak.
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The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue.
Tennyson.
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