Antonyms for clave

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As Ruth clave unto Naomi, so my friend the Philanthropist clave unto me.

“He loved one only, and he clave to her,” and there was room in his heart for none other.

Fern was devoted to her mother, she clave to her with innocent love and loyalty.

My tongue, as the Bible expresses it, clave to the roof of my mouth.

It clave to the men of Tainaros only because they clave to Hellenic idols.

"They clave to their brethren, their nobles," says the chronicler.

And all his brethren helped him, and so did all they that clave unto his father.

And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.

He clave the rock in the wilderness, and caused waters to run down like a river.

I hadn't the vaguest idea what to do or where to go, and I clave to Jerry the Whip.


"to split," Old English cleofan, cleven, cliven "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from Proto-Germanic *kleubanan (cf. Old Saxon klioban, Old Norse kljufa, Danish klöve, Dutch kloven, Old High German klioban, German klieben "to cleave, split"), from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (see glyph).

Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see cleave (v.2)), apparently by analogy with other Middle English strong verbs. Clave was common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the KJV; weak past tense cleaved for this verb also emerged in 14c.; cleft is still later. The past participle cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.