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  • n. The state of being bereaved; deprivation; especially the loss of a relative by death

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being bereaved; deprivation; esp., the loss of a relative by death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of bereaving.
  • n. The state of being bereaved; grievous loss; particularly, the loss of a relative or friend by death.

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

  • n. state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one


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  • "He Who Shapes", drawing as it does on Zelazny's own experience of car accidents and bereavement, is a good ending point for this first selection.

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  • Just as grief serves a purpose in bereavement, so the belief that they have been betrayed helps the United States to get over a defeat.

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  • What happened was that they removed from the manual something called the bereavement exclusion.

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  • And they may be experiencing something that we call complicated bereavement, which is a wish to undo the loss and to undo the grief.

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  • The inhabitants of Corfu obviously believed that the best part of a bereavement was the funeral, for each seemed more ornate than the last.

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  • Providence may, indeed, sunder forever those dearest to each other, and the stricken soul accepts the blow as the righteous discipline of a Higher Power; but when the bereavement is the arbitrary dictate of human will, there are no such consolations to sanctify grief and assuage agony.

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  • In comfortable lives a bereavement is a contrast; in the lives of the wretched it is but one more in the assailing army of woes.

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  • It will help parents in the uncertain and difficult problem of rearing their children in a way that will make them and keep them a joy in the home, rather than a heartache, a heart break, and the saddest kind of a bereavement, which is too often the case.

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  • George S. Hillard, a most faithful and serviceable friend, -- not only to Hawthorne during his life, but afterwards as a trustee for his family, and equally kind and helpful to them in their bereavement, which is more than could be said of all his friends, -- especially of

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  • The latter's distraction at his bereavement is a subject too painful to be dwelt on; its after effects showed how deep the sorrow sunk.

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