bereavement

[ bih-reev-muh nt ]
/ bɪˈriv mənt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. berdyayev,
  2. berea,
  3. bereans,
  4. bereave,
  5. bereaved,
  6. berecyntia,
  7. bereft,
  8. berenice,
  9. berenice's hair,
  10. berenson

Origin of bereavement

First recorded in 1725–1735;bereave + -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for bereavement

bereavement

/ (bɪˈriːvmənt) /

noun

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

bereavement

n.

1731, from bereave + -ment.

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