- (of a person) greatly saddened at being deprived by death of a loved one.
- a bereaved person or persons (usually preceded by the): to extend condolences to the bereaved.
Origin of bereaved
- to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of): Illness bereaved them of their mother.
- to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually followed by of): The war bereaved them of their home.
- Obsolete. to take away by violence.
Origin of bereave
Examples from the Web for bereaved
This is an excellent book for the bereaved and for the un-bereaved who walk beside them.
These short daily devotions help the bereaved feel less alone.
Bereaved mothers report overwhelmingly that they feel alone and unable to share their feelings of loss.Parents of Stillborn Babies Post Hundreds of Memorials to YouTube
November 4, 2013
Giffords and bereaved parents, moving as they are, can't do that work.How Liberals Can Win on Guns
January 31, 2013
Why not chat over a plate of humus with members of Bereaved Families for Peace and Combatants for Peace?An Alternative Travel Itinerary for Mitt Romney
Emily L. Hauser
July 13, 2012
And the lady blessed Evelyn, and felt that, if bereaved, she was not alone.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Therefore, like a bereaved mother, she only gave herself the more to her father.Salted With Fire
Where was the beautiful friendship that had been the comfort, the prop of her bereaved life?
For a moment he felt as if Vere were bereaved, were motherless.
I listened to him and remembered an afternoon's visit to a bereaved mother.Mountain Meditations
- having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
- (usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death
- obsolete to remove by force
Word Origin and History for bereaved
Old English bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rapid). A common Germanic formation (cf. Old Frisian birava "despoil," Old Saxon biroban, Dutch berooven, Old High German biroubon, German berauben, Gothic biraubon). Since mid-17c., mostly in reference to life, hope, loved ones, and other immaterial possessions. Past tense forms bereaved and bereft have co-existed since 14c., now slightly differentiated in meaning, the former applied to loss of loved ones, the latter to circumstances.