Meaning of bereft


So, they took the thing you most loved, and you’re never going to get it back. You’ve gone beyond just plain grief-stricken — you’re bereft.

The way in which bereft differs just from plain mournful or grief-stricken is in its sense of deprivation or lack. It can be used that way too, for example when you’re bereft of words. It’s the past tense of bereave, following the same pattern as leave and left. When you see your bereft relatives at a funeral, it’s very sad, but if your friend says that their cookie is bereft of chocolate chips, you know they are using exaggerated language to be a little funny.

Definitions of bereft
  1. adjective

    lacking or deprived of something

  2. adjective

    sorrowful through loss or deprivation

    bereft of hope”

    bereaved, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning, sorrowing


    experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss
  3. adjective

    unhappy in love; suffering from unrequited love


    lovelorn, unbeloved


    not loved

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