bereavement

noun be·reave·ment \ bi-ˈrēv-mənt , bē- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of bereavement

: the state or fact of being bereaved or deprived of something or someone

Examples of bereavement in a Sentence

  1. The following May, my wife and I flew to London for my father's funeral. Pam, determined to wrangle 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 HaneyGourmetJanuary 2003
  2. In the sections of her book that should prove an enduring contribution to the literature of grief, Ms. Gilbert recounts her free fall into widowhood, starting with that modern rite of bereavement, the erasing of the answering-machine message. —James S. KunenNew York Times Book Review19 Mar. 1995
  3. In any case, sadness and loss of interest and drive during periods of bereavement are expected and normal. If Mozart had not been upset by his parents' deaths, his wife's illnesses, and his separations from her, he would be less than human. —William A. FroschMusical Quarterly1990
  4. a period of grief after bereavement

  5. people who have recently suffered bereavements

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Origin and Etymology of bereavement


BEREAVEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

bereavement

noun

Definition of bereavement for English Language Learners

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

  • : the death of a family member or friend



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