Wondrous Words Wednesday - Riven

   

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme created by the Bermuda Onion Blog and now hosted at Elza Reads where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love!

The word that has caught my eye this week is......


Working my way through the Last Policeman series, book two Countdown City brought up this word - RIVEN.  The sentence was .....riven by flame.....

Definition:

UK English (Collins Dictionary)

torn apart; damaged

If a country or organization is riven by conflict, it is damaged or destroyed by violent disagreements.







20 comments

  1. That series sounds pretty good...

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    1. It is, it’s interesting to see life continuing even though they know the end is nigh.

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  2. Great word! The V in the middle gives it so much energy!

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  3. It's a good word but not one you seem to read too often.
    Nice pick.
    I failed this week because I forgot to highlight any words during my reading.I always think I'll remember but then of course I don't!
    Lynn :D

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    1. Thanks Lynn, I’m the same I need to remember to remember to highlight them when I come across them!

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  4. I don't know this word, but living in a country that is riven by conflict and corruption, I believe I should have known it!

    Very interested in The Last Policeman series though.

    Thanks for taking part in WWW, Heather!

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    1. I think we have a lot of it going on in our government too!

      The Last Policeman is great series but the only thing is you know it’s not going to have the happiest of endings.

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  5. I've never seen this series, but I'll have to look it up :) And great word choice!

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  6. Honestly, riven by flame sounds particularly powerful right thanks to the word 'riven'! Really a great word, thanks for sharing :)

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  7. I really like the cover and thanks for the new word! :)

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  8. This sounds like a series which really does need to be read in order and from beginning to end as if it was a single story. When we get to know one another a little better, you will come to realise what a shambles I am at series reading, so I generally either stick to one off stories, or a series where each episode is a stand alone in its own right. The cover art is really great though.

    I have come across the word 'riven' before, but I have to admit that it is only in the context of 'riven paving slabs' (now you can see what an exciting life I lead!) and I had no idea about the 'real' definition of the word. Thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne xx

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    1. Oh yes definitely, this needs to be read in order. There are countdowns to the end throughout all the books which keep you on the right track. I know what you mean though, some books I’ve been put off reading because they are part of vast series!

      I’ve never heard of those types of paving slabs and that’s coming from someone who had to go to a builders yard last year to buy some!

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  9. I always think of this word as being Scottish or maybe English. There's Rivendale, from the Hobbit.

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    1. I’m not sure of the origin of it but I wonder know about the origins of Rivendale.

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  10. We should use riven more often, it sounds very knightly! 👏👏👏

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