One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Carry 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.’
- 1.1with 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!’
- 1.2with 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
- ‘‘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?’
- ‘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.’
Old English rēafian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roven, German rauben, also to rob.
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