Definition of bereft adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bereft

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//bɪˈreft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreft//
     
    [not before noun](formal) Unhappiness, Loneliness
     
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  1. 1bereft of something completely lacking something; having lost something bereft of ideas/hope
  2. 2(of a person) sad and lonely because you have lost something He was utterly bereft when his wife died. The shock of his departure had left her feeling alone and bereft. See related entries: Unhappiness, Loneliness
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: archaic past participle of bereave.
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