Definition of rive
rivenplay \ˈri-vən\ also
Examples of rive in a Sentence
road pavement that had been riven by the annual freeze-and-thaw cycle
the bitter disappointment threatened to rive my heart in two
Recent Examples of rive from the Web
In an administration riven by staff bickering and internal disputes, President Trump’s senior military appointees are taking a leading role and acting as a restraining influence.
Two sides, relatively close on most policy points, but riven by personality and personal grievance.
Somalia is riven not just by the government’s war against radical Islamists, but by the countless fractures between clans and sub-clans.
Across these scarred pages rages the clash that many of us are anxiously speculating about in the Trump era: a nation riven by irreconcilable ideologies, alienated by entrenched suspicions.
Suu Kyi’s historic struggle for democracy still evokes deep respect in Washington and European capitals, but 14 months running a civilian government has exposed her inability to bring peace to a country riven by ethnic conflict.
But for decades, the energy industry was poorly run and riven with corruption.
But that’s not much help in tracing the evolution of religious commitments in a century riven by conflicts between fundamentalists and modernists, evangelicals and fundamentalists, and so on.
The alternative — two big-tent parties competing to expand their appeal to new constituencies — is the only way to restore some semblance of comity to a nation deeply riven by factionalism.
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Origin and Etymology of rive
Middle English, from Old Norse rīfa; akin to Greek ereipein to tear down
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of rive
RIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rive for English Language Learners
: to divide or split (something) especially in a forceful or violent way
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