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Definition lacking something that is desired


suffered great sadness because of loss or lack of something expected or strongly desired


deprived (taken away something that is desired)

More rarely, bereft can also be used like bereaved to refer to someone who is sad over the death of a loved one.
  • She is bereft of hope.
bereft = lacking (something desired)
  • Her husband's death left her bereft.
  • bereft = greatly saddened by a loss
  • The country is bereft of natural borders.
  • bereft = lacking (something desired)
  • When a person drinks seawater, the kidneys must generate urine to flush the salt away, but to do so, they need more water than is contained in the seawater itself, so the body pulls water from its cells. Bereft of water, the cells begin to fail.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • bereft = lacking
  • A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed; and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • bereft = sad for something lacking
  • Madam, you have bereft me of all words,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • bereft = deprived (taken from)
  • However, perhaps the answer lies not in a morally bereft man, but in the corrupted ideals of an entire faction.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • bereft = lacking (something that is desired)
  • Yes, I felt stunned and bereft for myself and especially for Jai, who couldn't stop crying.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • bereft = full of sorrow because of loss
  • And the Bishop too had said that men did not understand this riddle, why a young man so full of promise was cut off in his youth, why a woman was widowed and children were orphaned, why a country was bereft of one who might have served it greatly.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • bereft = deprived (something desired was taken away)
  • Bereft of his dignity, Louie had come home to a life lost in darkness, and had dashed himself against the memory of the Bird.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • bereft = deprived
  • Sadly, the bridge is already under insurgent control due to questionable strategizing by my bereft cohort.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • bereft = sad or lacking something needed
  • Lady you bereft me of all words
    William Shakespeare
  • a passion of anger at my uncle, that once more bereft me of my senses.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.
    General Douglas MacArthur
  • bereft of the presence of his old friends
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He gets up and I stare after him in a daze, my hand all cold and bereft.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • The farmyards and even the hilltops look a little more fertile, a little less bereft of soil and trees.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The Church lies bereft', Alone, desecrated, desolated, and the hea then shall build on the ruins, Their world without God, I see it.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • She leaned against Dad, sounding bereft.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • A leader bereft of followers.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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