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Definition of "bereft" []

  • A past tense and a past participle of bereave. (verb)
  • Deprived of something: They are bereft of their dignity. (adjective)
  • Lacking something needed or expected: "Today's graduates seem keenly aware that the future is bereft of conventional expectations” ( Bruce Weber). (adjective)
  • Suffering the death of a loved one; bereaved: the bereft parents. (adjective)

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 "bereft" in a sentence
  • "In his recent writings, Millennium People [10] and Kingdom Come, [11] Ballard depicts a Britain bereft of social values other than those of daytime TV and the shopping centre, and while his central characters can lack credibility his general description of the cultural landscape is far more accurate than almost anything that has been published in the pages of any recent architectural publication."
  • "Alas, filmmaker Chris Columbus does not appear to tweet (I checked), so we must for now remain bereft of his feelings concerning Leonard, Sheldon, Wolowitz, and Raj’s tradition of celebrating “Columbus” Day by watching the Columbus-penned generational touchstonesGoonies, Gremlins, andYoung Sherlock Holmes — probably the nicest Columbus Day joke evermade about theHome Alone director, in fact."
  • "She sits alone, lost in thought, her expression bereft, a tissue in her hand."