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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Reave v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaved Reft or Raft (obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaving.]  To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. “To reave his life.”
    He golden apples raft of the dragon.   --Chaucer.
 If the wooers reave
 By privy stratagem my life at home.   --Chapman.
    To reave the orphan of his patrimony.   --Shak.
    The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue.   --Tennyson.