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.
He golden apples raft of the dragon.Chaucer.
If the wooers reaveChapman.
By privy stratagem my life at home.
To reave the orphan of his patrimony.Shak.
The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue.Tennyson.
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