- 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 reft
The man was hers; and if she reft herself away from him, then she must die.Tiverton Tales
And this reft house is that the which he built, Lamented Jack!The Book of Humorous Verse
The horses started aside for fear, and he was reft of life and strength.The Iliad
And yet, I love you, and will grieve till the end that you should have been reft from me.The Terms of Surrender
The bottom has been reft from the fishes and converted into fertile soil.Naples Past and Present
Arthur H. Norway
- a past tense and past participle of reave 1
- 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 reft
past participle of 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.