bereaved, bereft
The verb bereave, meaning ‘to deprive (someone)’, is normally used in the passive. When the meaning refers in general ways to possessions, feelings, etc., the past participle is bereft:

• Without her, he felt bereft as a child at a boarding school —A. N. Wilson, 1982.

Strictly, there should be a sense of being deprived; bereft of should not be used as a synonym for lacking or without (as in bereft of manners). In the context of death the form is bereaved

• (If it is your own mother who is bereaved, the fact that you are grieving too will probably help you both a good deal —E. Deeping, 1979)

and this is frequently used adjectivally

• (It needs to be remembered that bereaved people stay at home —J. Pardoe, 1991

• The bereaved have always wished to ‘remember’ their dead, in the literal sense of reconstituting form and feature —R. Cecil, 1991).

Modern English usage. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

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  • bereaved — e*reaved (b[ e]*r[=e]v ), adj. mourning due to the death of a loved one. Syn: bereft, grief stricken, grieving, mourning(prenominal), sorrowing(prenominal). [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bereaved — index disconsolate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bereaved — [[t]bɪri͟ːvd[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A bereaved person is one who has a relative or close friend who has recently died. Mr Dinkins visited the bereaved family to offer comfort. N PLURAL: the N The bereaved are people who are bereaved. He wanted to… …   English dictionary

  • Bereaved — Bereave Be*reave (b[ e]*r[=e]v ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bereaved} (b[ e]*r[=e]vd ), {Bereft} (b[ e]*r[e^]ft ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bereaving.}] [OE. bireven, AS. bere[ a]fian. See {Be }, and {Reave.}] [1913 Webster] 1. To make destitute; to deprive;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bereaved — be|reaved [bıˈri:vd] adj [: Old English; Origin: bereafian, from reafian to rob ] 1.) having lost a close friend or relative because they have recently died ▪ a bereaved mother 2.) the bereaved the person or people whose close friend or relative… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bereaved — adjective formal 1 having lost a close friend or relative because they have recently died: a bereaved mother 2 the bereaved the person or people whose close friend or relative has just died: Our sympathies go to the bereaved …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bereaved — I. adjective Date: 1799 suffering the death of a loved one II. noun (plural bereaved) Date: 1815 one who is bereaved …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bereaved — /bi reevd /, adj. 1. (of a person) greatly saddened at being deprived by death of a loved one. n. 2. a bereaved person or persons (usually prec. by the): to extend condolences to the bereaved. [1100 50; ME bireved, late OE bireafod (ptp.); see… …   Universalium

  • bereaved — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ newly, recently ▪ a recently bereaved family Bereaved is used with these nouns: ↑family, ↑relative …   Collocations dictionary

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