But if that union be calculated to bereave her of happiness, it cannot certainly be conducive to yours.
What we love that we have, but by desire we bereave ourselves of the love.
Though ye take from a covetous man his treasure, he has yet one jewel left; ye cannot bereave him of his covetousness.
I think of the fathers and mothers whom further fighting must bereave.
Receive, and believe, and bereave should be cut out at once.
It seemed as if God intended to bereave us of her, for he brought her even to death's door.
Yea, though they bring up their sons I bereave them, till they are poor in men.
The loss of all others will not bereave you of happiness if this be possessed.
To whom, think ye, is your life of such consequence, that they should seek to bereave ye of it?
And yet imperious necessity may bereave us even of that joy.
Old English bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rapid). A common Germanic formation (cf. Old Frisian birava "despoil," Old Saxon biroban, Dutch berooven, Old High German biroubon, German berauben, Gothic 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.