- a past participle of rive.
- rent or split apart.
- split radially, as a log.
- to tear or rend apart: to rive meat from a bone.
- to separate by striking; split; cleave.
- to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
- to split (wood) radially from a log.
- to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.
Origin of rive
Examples from the Web for riven
But on the French left — riven by ideological splits from competing centuries — that job is akin to herding cats.This Scary-Smart New Minister of Economy Might Just Turn France Around
August 31, 2014
The field was lackluster and riven by scandal (hello, Carlos Danger).New York City Mayoral Race Looks Wonderfully Like Democracy at Its Best
September 10, 2013
These things were supposed to protect Sweden from the class-and-ethnic conflict that has riven the United States, Britain, France.What We Can Learn From Rioting in Sweden
May 28, 2013
And each side is riven by sharp internal divisions that make a deal difficult.Fiscal Cliff Stalemate Needs Two-Party Solution
December 10, 2012
The country is riven by tribalism, regionalism and a host of armed militias who so far have refused to disarm.A Ray of Light in Islamist Gloom
July 17, 2012
Dear oak-tree, you are riven by the storm-king's thunderbolt!A Little Book of Profitable Tales
To the fugitives it was as if the whole world had suddenly been riven asunder.The Golden Woman
Could I not have riven his body in sunder and strewn it on the waves?The Aeneid of Virgil
His god appeared to be riven from him, and the revulsion in his mind was terrible.Freaks of Fortune
The tower is riven, and it may be climbed along the edges of the crack.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
- to split asundera tree riven by lightning
- to tear apartriven to shreds
- archaic to break (the heart) or (of the heart) to be broken
Word Origin and History for riven
"split, cloven, rent," c.1300, past participle adjective from rive "to tear, rend."
"tear in pieces, strike asunder," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rifa "to tear apart" (cf. Swedish rifva, Danish rive "scratch, tear"), from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (see riparian).