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reft

[reft] /rɛft/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of reave1 .
2.
a simple past tense and past participle of reave2 .

reave1

[reev] /riv/
verb (used with object), reaved or reft, reaving. Archaic.
1.
to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob.
Origin of reave1
900
before 900; Middle English reven, Old English rēafian; cognate with German rauben, Dutch roven to rob

reave2

[reev] /riv/
verb (used with or without object), reaved or reft, reaving.
1.
Archaic. to rend; break; tear.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English; apparently special use of reave1 (by association with rive)
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Examples from the Web for reft
Historical Examples
  • The man was hers; and if she reft herself away from him, then she must die.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • And this reft house is that the which he built, Lamented Jack!

  • The horses started aside for fear, and he was reft of life and strength.

    The Iliad Homer
  • And yet, I love you, and will grieve till the end that you should have been reft from me.

  • The bottom has been reft from the fishes and converted into fertile soil.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
  • Yes, one by one, Lady Lesbia's illusions were reft from her.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • We are now to observe him reft of every admirer, every soother, every friend.

    Sermons Preached at Brighton Frederick W. Robertson
  • It's there, but 'reft of all its winsome roundness, and stiffening in the chill of death.

    Debris Madge Morris
  • He then was reft of many woes who bore her in his heart so long a time, when he saw the lovely maid stand forth so glorious.

  • No children have we to lament, no wives to wail our fall; The traitor's and the spoiler's hand have reft our hearths of all.

British Dictionary definitions for reft

reft

/rɛft/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of reave1

reave1

/riːv/
verb (archaic) reaves, reaving, reaved, reft (rɛft)
1.
to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
2.
(transitive) foll by of. to deprive; strip See also reive
Word Origin
Old English reāfian; related to Old High German roubōn to rob, Old Norse raufa to break open

reave2

/riːv/
verb reaves, reaving, reaved, reft (rɛft)
1.
(archaic) to break or tear (something) apart; cleave
Word Origin
C13 reven, probably from reave1 and influenced in meaning by rive
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Word Origin and History for reft

past participle of reave.

reave

v.

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.

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