be·​reaved | \ bi-ˈrēvd How to pronounce bereaved (audio) , bē- \

Definition of bereaved

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: suffering the death of a loved one bereaved families of the victims


plural bereaved

Definition of bereaved (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who is suffering the death of a loved one : one who is bereaved comfort the bereaved

Synonyms for bereaved

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of bereaved in a Sentence

Adjective the bereaved parents of the victims the grief of the bereaved parents seemed to be without limit
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This article discusses topics that may be upsetting to expectant or bereaved parents or to other readers. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 The bereaved person’s head and heart are on a roller coaster of emotions, and they should be given space to process their grief. Gloria Horsley, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 After the attack, North made a career change, leaving academia to partner with lawyers, scholars and other bereaved parents in launching the U.K.’s first organization dedicated to gun reform: the Gun Control Network. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 Another 3 percent were launched to pay for medical expenses, and 2 percent raised money for funerals and to support bereaved families left behind by a victim of COVID-19. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2020 The bereaved shoe owner posted about the theft on a neighborhood watch website and received a flood of responses from similarly distressed victims. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2020 In the evening, South Korea was to hold a ceremony with 300 war veterans, bereaved relatives and government officials at a military airport near Seoul. Washington Post, 25 June 2020 Each sheet represents another death, another bereaved family member looking for help. Victor Llorente, Popular Mechanics, 24 Apr. 2020 Yang, who himself fled China after being briefly detained over his work with bereaved families, told the Times. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bereaved can heal, suicide prevention experts say, but their pain is often underestimated. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 The bereaved had reached out to Jones, who plans to help them find an attorney to settle the issue. Shelia Poole, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Both those who have lost a loved one and professionals serving the bereaved can get help finding government resources as well as crisis-relief services and more. Jennifer Wolff, Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2020 But while the commemorations were cathartic, Chellat said, government support for the bereaved has been lacking: Some didn’t know how to find help. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 13 June 2018 Survivors and the bereaved observed the silence at the foot Grenfell Tower, where a new mosaic was unveiled. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 14 June 2018 Veterans like the Phillipses serve as guides in the immediate aftermath, introducing the bereaved of Sandy Hook to those of San Bernardino and the parents of Virginia Tech to those of Roseburg, in a loose but growing network. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of bereaved


1702, in the meaning defined above


1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bereaved


see bereave


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be·​reaved | \ bi-ˈrēvd How to pronounce bereaved (audio) \

Kids Definition of bereaved

: grieving over the death of a loved one a bereaved widow

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