Definition of bereft
1a : deprived or robbed of the possession or use of something —usually used with of both players are instantly bereft of their poise — A. E. Wierb : lacking something needed, wanted, or expected —used with of the book is … completely bereft of an index — The Times Literary Supplement (London)
2 : suffering the death of a loved one : bereaved a bereft mother
Examples of bereft in a Sentence
She finds the child's mother, alone, who has apparently gone into the woods just to cry. The bereft mother is played by Julianne Moore. —Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic, 31 Jan. 2000
… made the tabloids when his wife ran off to France with her dentist and the bereft realtor placed a newspaper ad for a girl to adopt to keep him company. —Neal Gabler, Life: The Movie, 1998
It's not that the country was completely bereft of humor. —Joseph Contrevas, Newsweek, 6 June 1994
to one investigator, the bereft woman seemed to be taking the sudden death of her rich husband amazingly well
a cheap motel completely bereft of all amenities
Recent Examples of bereft from the Web
The U.S. Senate is slightly better, but still disturbingly bereft: Just 21 of our 100 senators are women.
Robinson, still stung by memories of Michigan’s record power outage in mid-March, said her neighborhood had been cold, dark and bereft of power for eight days.
There are gossipy washer women and nervous constables, a heartbroken mom and bereft sister.
The bereft father, struggling to emerge from grief, was said to have on several occasions left the White House alone at night to enter his son’s crypt and hold his boy once more.
The bread was stiff and underdressed, the batter on the fried shrimp and catfish seemingly bereft of spice.
Despite their gifts and alertness to the moment, [these] composers seem muffled, bereft of zeal.
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BEREFT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bereft for English Language Learners
: sad because a family member or friend has died
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