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Definition of "bereaved" []

  • Suffering the loss of a loved one: the bereaved family. (adjective)
  • One or those bereaved: The bereaved has entered the church. The bereaved were comforted by their friends. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bereaved" in a sentence
  • "My wife (with an M. Div.) has thought about collecting recipes of these "death dishes" since bringing the casserole or other dish for the family of the bereaved is near folk custom."
  • "He was a promising looking fellow, and I fully believed the answer that he made to the again bereaved mother, when, with quivering lips, she said: "Be good to my girl.""
  • "It's the fact that by voicing those suspicions you were, to all intents and purposes, calling the bereaved liars before Gately's body was even in the ground."