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rive

 (rīv)
v. rived, riv·en (rĭv′ən) also rived, riv·ing, rives
v.tr.
1. To rend or tear apart.
2. To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
3. To break or distress (the spirit, for example).
v.intr.
To be or become split.

[Middle English riven, from Old Norse rīfa.]

riven

(ˈrɪvən)
adj
literary torn apart; damaged

riv•en

(ˈrɪv ən)

v.
1. a pp. of rive.
adj.
2. rent or split apart.
3. split radially, as a log.
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riven

adjective torn apart, split, rent, ruptured, ripped apart, torn asunder The party was riven with factional fighting.
Translations

riven

[ˈrɪvən] ADJ & PT, PP (liter) → rajado, hendido
riven bydesgarrado por, dividido por, escindido por

riven

[ˈrɪvən] adj (old) (frm) riven byspaccato/a in due da
References in classic literature ?
But nothing could be done until the rainy season had fairly set in; until the long-looked-for element that was to magically separate the gold from the dross in those dull mounds of dust and gravel had come of its own free will, and in its own appointed channels, independent of the feeble auxiliaries that had hopelessly riven the rocks on the hillside, or hung incomplete and unfinished in lofty scaffoldings above the settlement.
T was something like the burst from death to life; From the grave's cerements to the robes of heaven; From sin's dominion, and from passion's strife, To the pure freedom of a soul forgiven; Where all the bonds of death and hell are riven, And mortal puts on immortality, When Mercy's hand hath turned the golden key, And Mercy's voice hath said, Rejoice, thy soul is free.
Miss Cathy's riven th' back off 'Th' Helmet o' Salvation,' un' Heathcliff's pawsed his fit into t' first part o' 'T' Brooad Way to Destruction
She ascended three or four riven stone steps, and seated herself on some ruined fragments beyond them, full in the sunshine.
Whatsoever first came into our heads we spoke of--whatsoever came riven from our hearts, whatsoever seemed to call for utterance, found voice.
Below this is a level stratum of rock, riven occasionally by frightful chasms.
To friends above, from fiends below, the indignant ghost is riven - "From Hell unto a high estate far up within the Heaven - "From grief and groan, to a golden throne, beside the King of Heaven.
Great stones were thrown up as from a volcano, some of them, great masses of hard stone, squared and grooved with implements wrought by human hands, breaking up and splitting in mid air as though riven by some infernal power.
The mountains looked surpassingly lovely, clad as they were in living, green; ribbed with lava ridges; flecked with white cottages; riven by deep chasms purple with shade; the great slopes dashed with sunshine and mottled with shadows flung from the drifting squadrons of the sky, and the superb picture fitly crowned by towering peaks whose fronts were swept by the trailing fringes of the clouds.
It moved through the tree-tops and among the boles; it displayed itself in widening and intermingling circles upon the bosom of the sea; it leaped from the depths; I could hear it in a dense wood at my right, the murmur of it rising and falling in ceaseless volumes of sound, riven at intervals by a horrid scream or a thunderous roar which shook the earth; and always I was haunted by that inexplicable sensation that unseen eyes were watching me, that soundless feet dogged my trail.
Great limbs were riven, and the nest was demolished.
It is a strip of land lying round about the base of a lofty mountain peak, a bare surface of rock with no growth of any kind upon it; deep clefts are riven in its sheer inaccessible sides.