[ bih-reev-muh nt ]
/ bɪˈriv mənt /


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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bereavement

/ (bɪˈriːvmənt) /


the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
a death
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