Origin of bereave
OTHER WORDS FROM bereavebe·reave·ment, nounbe·reav·er, noun
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What does bereave mean?
To bereave means to take away and leave devastated. Death bereaves us of our loved ones.
Bereave can also mean to deprive by force, as in War has bereaved them of their homes.
Those who are devastated by the loss of loved ones can be described as bereaved or bereft. These words can also apply to those who have suffered other serious losses.
Bereave is most often used in the context of death. The noun form of bereave is bereavement, referring to a period of mourning or or state of intense grief, especially following the death of a loved one. Bereavement can also be used more generally to mean the state of having lost something very dear.
Example: Violence has bereaved us of yet another young person.
Where does bereave come from?
The first records of the word bereave come from before 900. Bereave is related to the word reave, which means “to rob.”
Death bereaves us of loved ones—it robs us of them. Bereave is often used as a verb along with a subject that caused the death, such as an illness, a murder, or the person who committed it. Even when bereave is used more generally, it’s still often gravely serious. Things like war bereave people of their homes and livelihoods. A person going through bereavement is often referred to as the bereaved.
Bereave should not be confused with grieve. Grieve sounds similar but is based on a different root, the Latin word gravāre, meaning “to burden.” Those who are bereaved are often grieving (not bereaving).
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What are some other forms of bereave?
- bereaved (past tense verb, adjective)
- bereavement (noun)
- bereaver (noun)
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How is bereave used in real life?
Bereave is most commonly used in the context of death. It is almost always used seriously.
And there have been quite a few grieving familes. Quite a few thousand. And they've kept lockdown in their grief, knowing that this virus that had bereaved them mustn't be allowed to infect and bereave more.
— Vivie Humphreys (@PerennialAnna) May 24, 2020
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— Child Bereavement UK (@cbukhelp) May 30, 2020
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— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) September 14, 2018
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Is bereave used correctly in the following sentence?
Cancer has bereaved me of two family members.
How to use bereave in a sentence
Although the study didn’t calculate the ratio globally, more than 6 million have died worldwide, undoubtedly leaving tens of millions bereaved.We can do better than what was ‘normal’ before the pandemic|Aimee Cunningham|April 4, 2022|Science News
That’s roughly triple the death toll so far, leaving behind 116,900 parentally bereaved kids.At Least 43,000 Kids in the U.S. Have Lost a Parent to COVID-19, Study Finds|Jeffrey Kluger|April 7, 2021|Time
She will thee bereave of almost every joy, the fair-faced foster-child of Heimir.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
To whom, think ye, is your life of such consequence, that they should seek to bereave ye of it?Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
And, dear sweetheart, be not afraid that you shall be left without a lover; that I shall bereave you!The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance|Paul Elmer More
But as a taste of blood will infuriate a hound, so her own laughter seemed to bereave Bianca of all restraint.Fraternity|John Galsworthy
Fortuna opes auferre, non animum potest—Fortune may bereave us of wealth, but not of courage.