American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To leave desolate or alone, especially by death: "Cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved” ( Alan Paton).
- v. Archaic To take (something valuable or necessary), typically by force.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip: with of before the thing taken away.
- [It is sometimes used without of, more especially in the passive, the subject of the verb being either the person deprived or the thing taken away.
- To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.
- To deprive of power; prevent.
- To destroy life; cut off.
- v. transitive To deprive by or as if by violence; rob; strip.
- v. transitive To take away by destroying, impairing, or spoiling; take away by violence.
- v. transitive To deprive of power; prevent.
- v. transitive To take away someone or something important or close; deprive.
- v. intransitive, rare To destroy life; cut off.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make destitute; to deprive; to strip; -- with
ofbefore the person or thing taken away.
- v. obsolete To take away from.
- v. obsolete To take away.
- v. deprive through death
- From Middle English bereven, from Old English berēafian ("to bereave, deprive of, take away, seize, rob, despoil") and Old English berēofan ("to bereave, deprive, rob of"); both equivalent to be- + reave. Cognate with Dutch beroven ("to rob, deprive, bereave"), German berauben ("to deprive, rob, bereave"), Danish berove ("to deprive of"), Norwegian berove ("to deprive"), Swedish berova ("to rob"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bireven, to deprive, from Old English berēafian; see reup- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“bereave" in Eze 36: 13; but "cause to fall" or "stumble," in the Hebrew text or Chetib, being the more difficult reading, is the one least likely to come from a corrector; also, it forms a good transition to the next subject, namely, the moral cause of the people's calamities, namely, their falls, or stumblings through sin.”
“It is unconscionable to think that people are dropping like flies on Syrian streets, the injured are hiding in private homes to avoid capture or cold-blooded murder, the funeral procession are being shot at with many killed at a time they bereave the dead, the detained are tortured and many die and are buried in mass graves, yet the international community seems only willing to extend words of comfort. . .”
“To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole kingdom.”
“Anyway, indefinite detention without any review is worse than just killing: To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must once convey the alarm of tyranny thoroughout the whole kingdom.”
“Voyage, which she was very unwilling to permit, as being loth to bereave my Father of his Company; and therefore most earnestly invited Him along with me; but he cou'd not be prevail'd upon to leave his beloved Cell, which no doubt was to him a certain Heaven, where his devout Soul conversed daily with the Powers divine.”
“To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole nation; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore a more dangerous engine of arbitrary government.”
“God help us! by Gallaher on Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 12: 32: 12 AM change we can bereave in by io on Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 4: 23: 44 AM”
“Then he wept for her with sore weeping and said to his brothers, “It was not well of you to do this deed and bereave me of my wife.””
“Rejoined Afridun, “May the Messiah not bereave us of thy venerable parent nor deprive her of her wile and guile!””
““May Allah never bereave thy friends of thee nor make them desolate by shine absence, O son of my uncle, O my dear cousin!””
These user-created lists contain the word ‘bereave’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
Protagonists and relevant words in the Book of Creation (Source: King James Bible)
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
Tubey or not tubey.
List of most of the words I've learned
verbs Adj Adv noun
mostly from magoosh
around; completely; about; away
A list containing unknown words from the novel!
GRE Words and their usage
Looking for tweets for bereave.