Reft

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reft A chink; a rift. See Rift.
    • imp. & p. p Reft Bereft. "Reft of thy sons, amid thy foes forlorn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reft Preterit and past participle of reave.
    • n reft Obsolete forms of rift.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t., pa.p Reft reft of reave.
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Usage

In literature:

The man was hers; and if she reft herself away from him, then she must die.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
So clean forth of thy breast, rackt with solicitous care, Mind fled, sense being reft!
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
Reft the charm of the social shell, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Reft the charm of the social shell, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
On Hancock's Wharf that tea-party was held which cost Britain ten millions of gold, and reft from the empire one quarter of the globe.
"Impressions of America" by Tyrone Power
Reft indeed as they were of their leader, the Netherlanders still held their ground.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
And this reft house is that the which he built, Lamented Jack!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Not against Canada; for his father had reft that prize.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Might not these hands, by fortune or by fate, Have pierc'd this breast, and life with iron reft?
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
Which streams too much on all years, man, have reft away.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
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In poetry:

And, wandering, reft of hope or friend,
If such a thing should be,
One day we take the downward bend,
And lo, Eternity!
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
And slowly, slowly raise she up,
And slowly, slowly left him,
And sighing said she could not stay,
Since death of life had reft him.
"Barbara Allen" by Anonymous British
So shall the fairest face appear,
When youth and years are flown:
Such is the robe that kings must wear,
When death has reft their crown.
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
Oh You, by whom my life is riven,
And reft away from my control,
Take back the hours of passion given!
Love me one moment from your soul.
"Adoration" by Laurence Hope
Ah, poor Louise! Thy treasure's reft!
I know not if by force or theft,
Or part by violence, part by gift; But misery is all that's left
To poor Louise.
"The Lay of Poor Louise" by Sir Walter Scott
The generous youth who, fired by love of fame,
A victim at her bloody altars fell;
To the beloved ones reft,
By aid of thee, has left
His form, his lip, his ardent glance, to tell
How fair was he on earth who left it for a name.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks