riv·​en ˈri-vən How to pronounce riven (audio)
: split apart
riven wood [=wood split apart along the grain]
: divided into pieces or factions
a riven nation
… beautifully nuanced portraits of a riven people, separated by more than an ocean.Mylène Dressler

Examples of riven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Set along the Indonesia-Malaysia border, Borderless Fog tells the story of a female detective from the big city sent to investigate gruesome serial murders in a remote province in Borneo that is riven with suspicion, superstition and shadowy forces. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The amiable retiree was unaware that the East County Citizens’ Alliance core mission is repairing a politically riven community. Alfredo Sosa, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2024 Their journey through a land riven by conflict in search of Arthur’s successor will reveal the country’s bloody origins. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 And when some of the dominant brokers are Koreans selling mostly to fellow Koreans — on courses designed to cater to all stripes of Angelenos — the controversy is riven with race and class politics. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for riven 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of riven was circa 1560

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“Riven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riven. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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