- berenice's hair,
- berenson, bernard,
Origin of bereft
verb (used with object), be·reaved or be·reft, be·reav·ing.
Origin of bereave
Examples from the Web for bereft
Bereft of a competitive 2016 primary, Democrats are backing candidates for Clinton campaign manager.
They happened to men, to women, to young and old, to scientists and sailors, to the bereft and to the content.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kirsty, understandably, was not impressed at being dumped on her dream day, and her bereft wail filled the church.America, Presenting Your New Addiction: ‘The Archers’|Tim Teeman|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One lost game and he seems as bereft and broken as Willy Loman.
One about teens battling to the death, and several about bereft middle-aged people struggling to keep it together.
Like one bereft I ran back into the telegraph office, and began to call the dispatcher's office.A Lover in Homespun|F. Clifford Smith
He looked like one bereft of sense, as he stood there without uttering a word.A Black Adonis|Linn Boyd Porter
She felt sorry for the young man who, like herself, was lonely and bereft.Talbot's Angles|Amy E. Blanchard
O thou northern site, bereft Indeed, and widow'd, since of these depriv'd!The Vision of Purgatory, Part 1|Dante Alighieri
But the savages, terrified by the midnight surprise and by the report of the muskets, were bereft of reason.King Philip|John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Word Origin for bereave
late 14c., past participle adjective from bereave (v.).
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.