[bih-reev-muh nt]


a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one: The widow had many visitors during her bereavement.
a state of intense grief, as after the loss of a loved one; desolation.
deprivation or loss by force (usually fol. by of): The hurricane left a trail of bereavement of ordinary people.

Origin of bereavement

First recorded in 1725–1735;bereave + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bereavement

Historical Examples of bereavement

  • You who knew her will realize the depth and extent of my bereavement.

  • Something to strive for we demand, even at the risk of bereavement.

  • He remembered, just in time, to express regret at Miss Simpson's bereavement.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Loving her as he did, he was glad, and realized not his bereavement.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • And you remember how pleasures mingle with pains in lamentation and bereavement?

British Dictionary definitions for bereavement



the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
a death
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Word Origin and History for bereavement

1731, from bereave + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper