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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; 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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