Definition of bereft
- both players are instantly bereft of their poise
- —A. E. Wier
- the book is … completely bereft of an index
- —The Times Literary Supplement (London)
- a bereft mother
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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
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: sad because a family member or friend has died
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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