The field was lackluster and riven by scandal (hello, Carlos Danger).
But on the French left — riven by ideological splits from competing centuries — that job is akin to herding cats.
It was riven with rivalries, some of her people were deeply disloyal, and the dirty laundry was aired in public.
These things were supposed to protect Sweden from the class-and-ethnic conflict that has riven the United States, Britain, France.
The country is riven by tribalism, regionalism and a host of armed militias who so far have refused to disarm.
Every rock along the shore appeared to sink into an abyss as the lightning passed by, and many of them were riven.
Dear oak-tree, you are riven by the storm-king's thunderbolt!
It hath been riven in pieces, burnt, and otherwise destroyed; but ever on the subsequent day it is seen filling its wonted place.
To the fugitives it was as if the whole world had suddenly been riven asunder.
In its midst was a blackened tree-trunk, limbless, 150 riven; a forest giant blasted by some mountain storm.
"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).