bereavement

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noun be·reave·ment \bi-ˈrēv-mənt, bē-\

Definition of bereavement

  1. :  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 Haney, Gourmet, January 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. Kunen, New York Times Book Review, 19 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. Frosch, Musical Quarterly, 1990

  4. a period of grief after bereavement

  5. people who have recently suffered bereavements

Origin and Etymology of bereavement

see bereave


First Known Use: 1660


BEREAVEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

bereavement

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noun be·reave·ment \bi-ˈrēv-mənt, bē-\

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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