riv|en [ˈrıvən] adj formal
[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Past participle of rive 'to split' (12-21 centuries), from Old Norse rifa]
1.) if a group of people are riven, they are divided by disagreements, especially in a violent way
riven by/with
a community riven by religious differences
2.) if an object is riven, it is divided into two or more parts

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