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bereavement

[bih-reev-muh nt] /bɪˈriv mənt/
noun
1.
a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one:
The widow had many visitors during her bereavement.
2.
a state of intense grief, as after the loss of a loved one; desolation.
3.
deprivation or loss by force (usually fol. by of):
The hurricane left a trail of bereavement of ordinary people.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-1735;bereave + -ment
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  • In the case of the death of both of my parents, the airlines were not very generous with bereavement discounts.
  • It is possible that a poet may brood for long over a cruel bereavement and yet not destroy the impression.
  • You might also see if there's an office of student support that deals with things like illness and bereavement.
British Dictionary definitions for bereavement

bereavement

/bɪˈriːvmənt/
noun
1.
the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
2.
a death
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Word Origin and History for bereavement
n.

1731, from bereave + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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