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[bih-reev-muh nt] /bɪˈriv mənt/
a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one:
The widow had many visitors during her bereavement.
a state of intense grief, as after the loss of a loved one; desolation.
deprivation or loss by force (usually fol. by of):
The hurricane left a trail of bereavement of ordinary people.
Origin of bereavement
1725-1735;bereave + -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bereavement
  • Expert-reviewed report about grief, bereavement, and feelings of loss in survivors of someone who has died of cancer.
  • It had taken me three years of bereavement to be ready to accept another dog into my life.
  • How she will react to her bereavement is uncertain.
  • Her honest and harrowing account about her son's untimely death will resonate with anyone who has endured such bereavement.
  • Grieving readers will appreciate this warm, wise guide by an experienced bereavement counselor and crime victims' rights advocate.
  • There are bereavement counselors, staff psychologists and preachers to deal with shock, anger and depression.
  • Her mother is a bereavement counselor and hypnotherapist in Bellevue.
  • 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


the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
a death
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Word Origin and History for bereavement

1731, from bereave + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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