Reave

Definition of Reave

Pronunciation: rēv
v. t.1.To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic].
[imp. & p. p. Reaved (rēvd), Reft (rĕft), or Raft (råft) (obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaving.]
He golden apples raft of the dragon.
- Chaucer.
If the wooers reave
By privy stratagem my life at home.
- Chapman.
To reave the orphan of his patrimony.
- Shak.
The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue.
- Tennyson.

Related Words

deplume, despoil, displume, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, rifle, strip, take
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