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riven

[riv-uh n] /ˈrɪv ən/
verb
1.
a past participle of rive.
adjective
2.
rent or split apart.
3.
split radially, as a log.
Related forms
unriven, adjective

rive

[rahyv] /raɪv/
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 of rive
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English riven < Old Norse rīfa to tear, split. See rift
Related forms
unrived, adjective
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  • Every rock along the shore appeared to sink into an abyss as the lightning passed by, and many of them were riven.

    Young Lion of the Woods Thomas Barlow Smith
  • 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.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • In its midst was a blackened tree-trunk, limbless, 150 riven; a forest giant blasted by some mountain storm.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for riven

rive

/raɪv/
verb (usually passive) rives, riving, rived, rived, riven (ˈrɪvən)
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
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse rīfa; related to Old Frisian rīva
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Word Origin and History for riven
adj.

"split, cloven, rent," c.1300, past participle adjective from rive "to tear, rend."

rive

v.

"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).

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