Definition of bereft in English:



  • 1bereft ofDeprived of or lacking (something)

    ‘her room was stark and bereft of colour’
    • ‘With little or no rain in the last week the venue should be bereft of any significant colour and roach and perch will be the main target species.’
    • ‘Although deciduous, it reveals an attractive network of small stems and branches when bereft of leaves.’
    • ‘It was a curious match, bereft of the usual passion of the fixture.’
    • ‘Such a claim is bereft of imagination, competence and, dare I say, common sense.’
    • ‘The channel at best is purely vague and bereft of any creative leanings.’
    • ‘But these objects will be bereft of the patina of age, the rips, tears and stains that create a sense of history.’
    • ‘The collapse of the old left/right divide has left political life bereft of clear competing principles.’
    • ‘Determining what dreams mean is an inexact science, but not one bereft of logic and sense.’
    • ‘Only Steve looked like a man ready to take responsibility while all around him players looked bereft of confidence.’
    • ‘There are the owners who go and leave their dogs at home for six or seven hours a day, bereft of human company and unable to relieve themselves.’
    • ‘Critics are also right in suggesting that his policy agenda is somewhat bereft of concrete plans.’
    • ‘Long grass on each side of the street, a derelict and neglected building bereft of glass and doors.’
    • ‘Tobacco has no attraction for me, though I am far from being bereft of vices.’
    • ‘Why was he so chronically bereft of the social skills necessary for good political management?’
    • ‘But the film is strikingly bereft of tangible anger, its mood more poignant than incendiary.’
    • ‘How can you feel bereft of something that you have never experienced?’
    • ‘Such is the current attack - one devoid of reason, bereft of honour and lacking in morality.’
    • ‘Access to politicians is the least of our worries - the problem is that politics is bereft of any vision that inspires us.’
    • ‘We are now sanitized and correct, factual and precise, but tragically bereft of relationship.’
    • ‘Suddenly this community is bereft of sporting success and devoid of any heroes.’
    deprived of, robbed of, stripped of, denuded of
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  • 2(of a person) sad and lonely, especially through someone's death or departure.

    ‘his death in 1990 left her bereft’
    • ‘Repelled by crowded Europe, he opts for Southland, but is lonely and bereft.’
    • ‘To his bereft family and friends in the racing fraternity we offer our condolences for their great loss and our appreciation for the memories of this brave young man.’
    • ‘It was like a wave of emotion as people told each other - people were absolutely bereft.’
    • ‘Sarah is bereft and in her misery turns to Jannik, who to everyone's surprise grows up suddenly and takes responsibility for his brother's family.’
    • ‘Each of the main characters is left bereft and haunted - literally - by the Civil War.’
    • ‘But I was bereft, left, and wearing sorrow in the hottest sun Ireland had ever seen.’
    • ‘Widows, bereft parents, and odd widower - you could always count on seeing a few of them sitting by a grave.’
    • ‘We had our health physically, but we were bereft emotionally.’
    • ‘The bereft father believes his son's killing was the result not just of an evil individual's action but of a growing problem with violence in schools.’
    • ‘Now they've gone back to Ireland and his wife is bereft.’
    • ‘I hope this will be an opportunity to cross international boundaries and express practical help and love for those who are bereft and homeless.’
    • ‘A bereft woman stands near the rubble of her home, destroyed by bombs.’
    • ‘As I worked, I thought often of my own parents and how bereft and sad I felt in the days after their deaths.’
    • ‘Of all the bereft women presented in this section, the servant-girl struck me as the most crushed.’
    • ‘I love having my dogs around, but now I'm totally bereft.’
    • ‘You know, we have orphans and widows, and bereft people who are going to need our help for a long time to come.’
    • ‘She used the death of her mother to avoid the boys her own age, telling all would-be suitors that she had to take care of her poor bereft father.’
    • ‘Though financially richer she is emotionally bereft and may never open herself up again.’
    • ‘They are bereft, insecure and despairing immigrants left in the street to beg.’
    • ‘But his wife's death left him bewildered and bereft.’


Late 16th century: archaic past participle of bereave.