- 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
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
- 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.