Bereaved vs. bereft

Bereave = be deprived of a close relation or friend through their death.

  • The accident bereaved him of his wife and child.
  • The bereaved wife = the woman whose husband has died.
  • We all sympathise with you in your bereavement.

Bereave = rob or dispossess (of something immaterial) 

  • bereft of hope = without hope
  • The recent flood in Kerala left the majority of people bereft of hope.
  • Bereft of reason = mad
  • The anger made him bereft of reason.
  • Indignation bereft him of speech = took away his power to speak.

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