Origin of bereaved
Definition for bereaved (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), be·reaved or be·reft, be·reav·ing.
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|Brandy Zadrozny|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Giffords and bereaved parents, moving as they are, can't do that work.
Why not chat over a plate of humus with members of Bereaved Families for Peace and Combatants for Peace?
The church was filled with a company of sincere friends and bereaved mourners.Under Four Administrations|Oscar S. Straus
He himself went as friend and adviser to the bereaved girl, a position which a certain letter had secured for him.The Secret House|Edgar Wallace
The heart of the mother had lost all hope, when one night there came a summons at the door after the bereaved parents had retired.
Resolved, That our sincere condolence is hereby tendered his bereaved widow and other members of his family.Lee and Longstreet at High Tide|Helen D. Longstreet
As a husband and a father, his worth was known and appreciated by his bereaved widow and children.
British Dictionary definitions for bereaved (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for bereaved (2 of 2)
Word Origin for bereave
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.