Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bereave.
  • v. To deprive.
  • adj. pained by the loss of someone
  • adj. deprived of, lacking, stripped of, robbed of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of bereave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit and past participle of bereave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unhappy in love; suffering from unrequited love
  • adj. sorrowful through loss or deprivation

Etymologies

Form of bereaved; compare leave and left. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Ballardian » A Near Future: Nic Clear’s Tribute to JG Ballard

  • 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.

    'Big Bang Theory': Raj, deported? Sheldon to the rescue! | EW.com

  • She sits alone, lost in thought, her expression bereft, a tissue in her hand.

    School Offers Life Lessons To North Korean Defectors

  • Proceedings are based largely on scientific and medical evidence in a field that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has described as "bereft of complete and direct proof of how vaccines affect the human body."

    David Kirby: High Rates of Autism Found in Federal Vaccine Injury Program: Study Says More Answers Needed

  • I wish that slogan never became so overused for it is merely become a catch phrase bereft of meaning. msspurlock said ...

    Israelated - English Israel blogs

  • Among the military regime's most strident critics, both New Zealand and Australia's chief diplomats were expelled from the capital Suva last November, which Smith said left both nations "bereft" of the ability to initiate or have meaningful talks.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News

  • He was sent into the Haringey child protection team and within a fortnight had produced a devastating report that described demoralised teams 'bereft' of basic skills, training and supervision.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Ms Angiolini said Ms Jones had been taken from her extended, loving and close-knit family and her death had left them 'bereft'.

    Home | Mail Online

  • He seemed 'bereft', perhaps because he realised how much he missed family life.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Krishna replied, saying, "Thou art always described as bereft of wrath, and righteous-souled and devoted to righteousness!

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

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