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reft1

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

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 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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Examples from the Web for reft
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  • He seemed to have reft from her every faculty of thought and feeling save a burning sense of shame.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • We are now to observe him reft of every admirer, every soother, every friend.

    Sermons Preached at Brighton Frederick W. Robertson
  • The church was an ancient possession of Ely, but was reft from the See by Elizabeth.

  • His soul had been reft away into merciful dulness, somewhere outside his body.

    The Day of His Youth Alice Brown
  • Yes, one by one, Lady Lesbia's illusions were reft from her.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • 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.

  • Shall ye range the pathless forest dreary day and darksome night, reft of all save native virtue, clad in native, inborn might?

    Maha-bharata Anonymous
  • 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.

  • Anon Haruest grewe on, and reft from the Grashopper his woonted moysture.

  • They linger like the remnants of her aboriginal forests, reft indeed of their strength and greatness, but proud even in decay.

    The Purcell Papers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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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