Definition of bereft in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈrɛft/


1 (bereft of) Deprived of or lacking (something): her room was stark and bereft of colour
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  • Such is the current attack - one devoid of reason, bereft of honour and lacking in morality.
  • Suddenly this community is bereft of sporting success and devoid of any heroes.
  • We are now sanitized and correct, factual and precise, but tragically bereft of relationship.
deprived of, robbed of, stripped of, denuded of;
cut off from, parted from, devoid of, destitute of, bankrupt of;
wanting, in need of, lacking, without, free from;
low on, short of, deficient in
informal minus, sans, clean out of, fresh out of
2(Of a person) sad and lonely, especially through someone’s death or departure: his death in 1990 left her bereft
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  • Of all the bereft women presented in this section, the servant-girl struck me as the most crushed.
  • I love having my dogs around, but now I'm totally bereft.
  • Widows, bereft parents, and odd widower - you could always count on seeing a few of them sitting by a grave.


Late 16th century: archaic past participle of bereave.

Words that rhyme with bereft

cleft, deft, eft, heft, klepht, left, reft, theft, weft

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