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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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  • The feeling, embraced by each of them with the most profound sincerity, was that Ranny's bereavement was irreparable, supreme.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • Dr. Haer, my apologies for intruding upon you in your time of bereavement.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The blank of bereavement, terrible to all, was absolute and eternal to her, and this was her first great sorrow.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • He missed Phineas beyond all his conception of the blankness of bereavement.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • "I trust you've recovered from the bereavement," she laughed.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for bereavement


the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
a death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bereavement

1731, from bereave + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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