riven

[riv-uhn]

unriven, adjective
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rive

[rahyv]
verb (used with object), rived, rived or riven, riving.
1.
to tear or rend apart: to rive meat from a bone.
2.
to separate by striking; split; cleave.
3.
to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
4.
to split (wood) radially from a log.
verb (used without object), rived, rived or riven, riving.
5.
to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English riven < Old Norse rīfa to tear, split. See rift

unrived, adjective
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rive (raɪv)
 
vb , rives, riving, rived, rived, riven
1.  to split asunder: a tree riven by lightning
2.  to tear apart: riven to shreds
3.  archaic to break (the heart) or (of the heart) to be broken
 
[C13: from Old Norse rīfa; related to Old Frisian rīva]

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riven
"split, cloven, rent," 1307, past participle of rive "to tear, rend" (c.1275), from O.N. rifa "to tear apart," from P.Gmc. *rifanan (see riparian)
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Example sentences
Lame duck president, deeply riven board, ridiculous faculty senate.
On the interior of the closet one can see riven laths with wrought lath nails.
Forty-inch knee walls in the attic are constructed of triangular riven studs and fastened to the rafters with wrought nails.
And yet, this comment made me think of the cochlear implant controversy that
  has riven the deaf community.
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