- to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob.
Origin of reave1
- Archaic. to rend; break; tear.
Origin of reave2
Examples from the Web for reave
I am doing what I can to reave the heavens of these monsters.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
But they try to reave from God, His part, who would be praised of men for good deeds.The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises</p>
Richard Rolle of Hampole
Not forty Van Hupfeldts nor a legion of ghosts should reave him of those telling pieces of evidence!The Late Tenant</p>
- to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
- (tr foll by of) to deprive; stripSee also reive
- archaic to break or tear (something) apart; cleave
Word Origin and History for reave
Old English reafian "to rob (something from someone), plunder, pillage," from Proto-Germanic *raubjon (cf. Old Frisian ravia, Middle Dutch roven, Dutch rooven, Old High German roubon, German rauben), from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). Related: Reaved; reaving.