bereavement


be·reave·ment

noun \bi-ˈrēv-mənt, bē-\

: the state of being sad because a family member or friend has recently died

: the death of a family member or friend

Full Definition of BEREAVEMENT

:  the state or fact of being bereaved or deprived of something or someone :  the state or fact of being bereaved; especially :  the loss of a loved one by death

Examples of BEREAVEMENT

  1. a period of grief after bereavement
  2. people who have recently suffered bereavements
  3. The following May, my wife and I flew to London for my father's funeral. Pam, determined to wangle us an upgrade to business class on the strength of my bereavement, gave the British Airways ticketing clerk two passports and a sob story. —John Haney, Gourmet, January 2003

Origin of BEREAVEMENT

(see bereave)
First Known Use: circa 1731

Rhymes with BEREAVEMENT

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