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reft

[reft] /rɛft/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of reave.

reave1

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

reave2

[reev] /riv/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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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  • The maiden cried out, first because her flowers had been spilled, and then because she was being reft away.
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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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