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bereft
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Definition lacking something that is desired

or:

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

or:

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; or saddened by a loss
  • 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)
  • 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
  • bereft of the presence of his old friends
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • 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
  • 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
  • If he were doomed to be bereft of her, so it must be.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • His lonely daughter, bereft of her final hope and reliance, appealed to them both too strongly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was natural that, bereft and desperate as I was, in the throes of unremitting suffering, I should turn to God.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • To whom thus Adam, of short joy bereft.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • This is what they will say: and it will be fresh grief for you, to fight against slavery bereft of a husband like that.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I know thee near, and though bereft of eyes, Thy voice I recognize.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King

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