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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having suffered the death of a loved one
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bereave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. mourning due to the death of a loved one.

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

  • adj. sorrowful through loss or deprivation
  • n. a person who has suffered the death of someone they loved


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.

    funeral food | Homesick Texan

  • 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."

    The Congress of Women: Held in the Woman's Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, U. S. A., 1893, With Portraits, Biographies and Addresses

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Belatedly recalling her bereaved state, she let out a sharp, unconvincing yelp of woe and stooped to scrape up a handful of dust, which she poured haphazardly over her head.

    The Mummy Case

  • The grief for the lost and the sympathy for the survivors and the bereaved are the same; but there is not, and there cannot be, the same undercurrent of indignation.

    Notes on Life and Letters

  • Epstein is occupied mostly as a "real life" reporter for voyeuristic gossip magazines, cold-calling bereaved parents and such.

    The Register

  • Ben-Zvi replied quoting a passage from the Book of Samuel: "As your sword bereaved women, so will your mother be bereaved among women."


  • "These tasks are difficult after any death, but the mourning process becomes particularly so when the death has been traumatic or the bereaved is a parent or victim," she said.

    Weekend Mixtape

  • If McIntyre was right to say that the problem with the strict Enlightenment framework of human rights is that it leaves us 'bereaved', what might religion have to say about the 'most secure foundations' for a universal ethic of inalienable rights?

    Archbishop - Religious Faith and Human Rights

  • You can almost see the penguins in that movie really having these kind of bereaved expressions on their face when anything happened to their eggs.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2006


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.