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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reave \Reave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reaved}, {Reft}, or
      {Raft}(obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reaving}.] [AS. re[a0]fian,
      from re[a0]f spoil, plunder, clothing, re[a2]fan to break
      (cf. bire[a2]fan to deprive of); akin to G. rauben to rob,
      Icel. raufa to rob, rj[umac]fa to break, violate, Goth.
      bir[a0]ubon to despoil, L. rumpere to break; cf. Skr. lup to
      break. [root]114. Cf. {Bereave}, {Rob}, v. t., {Robe},
      {Rove}, v. t., {Rupture}.]
      To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to
      rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. [bd]To reave his
      life.[b8] --Spenser.
               He golden apples raft of the dragon.      --Chaucer.
               By privy stratagem my life at home.         --Chapman.
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