bereft

[bih-reft]

Origin:
1525–35; be- + reft

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bereave

[bih-reev]
verb (used with object), bereaved or bereft, bereaving.
1.
to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of ): Illness bereaved them of their mother.
2.
to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually followed by of ): The war bereaved them of their home.
3.
Obsolete. to take away by violence.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English bereven, Old English berēafian; cognate with Dutch berooven, German berauben, Gothic biraubōn. See be-, reave1

bereavement, noun
bereaver, noun
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bereave (bɪˈriːv)
 
vb
1.  (usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death
2.  obsolete to remove by force
 
[Old English bereafian; see reave1]

bereft (bɪˈrɛft)
 
adj
(usually foll by of) deprived; parted (from): bereft of hope

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bereave
O.E. bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from P.Gmc. *raubojanan, from PIE *reup-, *reub- "to snatch." A common Germanic formation (cf. Du. berooven, Ger. berauben, Goth. biraubon). Since mid-17c., mostly in reference to life, hope, loved ones, and other
immaterial possessions. Past tense forms bereaved and bereft have co-existed since 14c., now slightly differentiated in meaning, the former applied to loss of loved ones, the latter to circumstances.

bereft
past tense of bereave (q.v.).
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Example sentences
We parted on the fourth day at the train station in Naples, with me memorizing
  his face, feeling bereft and hopeful.
Gift cards have long been a popular option for holiday shoppers who are short
  on time and bereft of ideas.
They were terrified, bereft of the only ruler they had ever known.
I'm bereft and missing teaching terribly.
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