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1 Carry out raids in order to plunder:‘the strong could reave and steal’
plundering, plunder, looting, pillaging, robbing, robbery, raiding, ravaging, sacking, sack, ransacking, devastation, laying waste, wreckage, destruction, damageView synonyms
- ‘To slink thro' slaps, an' reave an' steal, At stacks o' pease, or stocks o' kail!’
- ‘As their gods were, so their laws were; Thor the strong could reave and steal.’
- 1.1[with object] Rob (a person or place) of something by force:‘reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast’
divest, strip, rob, cheat out of, do out of, deprive, relieve, bereaveView synonyms
- ‘In silencing my power, I am reft of half my being!’
- 1.2[with object] Steal (something).
ransack, steal from, plunder, rob, raid, loot, rifle, sacksteal, pilfer, thieve, rob, take, snatch, purloin, loot, rifle, abscond with, carry offView synonyms
- ‘Go reave me some loots.’
- ‘Helen, symbolizing perfect beauty as produced by Greek art, is recalled from Hades and ardently pursued by Faust, but finally reft from him.’
- ‘‘What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee,’ said Pound.’
- ‘Were you planning to escort me to my chambers, or have all your chivalrous faculties been reft from you?’
Old English rēafian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roven, German rauben, also to rob.
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