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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RIVEN

Dear oak-tree, you are riven by the storm-king's thunderbolt!

To the fugitives it was as if the whole world had suddenly been riven asunder.

Could I not have riven his body in sunder and strewn it on the waves?

His god appeared to be riven from him, and the revulsion in his mind was terrible.

The tower is riven, and it may be climbed along the edges of the crack.

Her bottom was stove in, her planks and timbers were riven like matchwood.

What cared I for the clouds or rain—lightning, thunder, or the riven forest?

They looked all about the island, coming back at last to the riven beech.

The tree of her protection can never be riven by the lightning, nor broken by the blast.

At Healey its walls of rock appear to have been riven at different times.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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