bereft

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Form of bereaved; compare leave and left.

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Verb[edit]

bereft

  1. simple past tense and past participle of bereave
    bereft of strength – powerless
    bereft of gorm – in Yorkshire dialect – mindless one, idiot = gormless
  2. (obsolete, rare) To deprive.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “… That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh. Her own father recognised it when he bereft her of all power in the great business he founded. …”

Adjective[edit]

bereft (not comparable)

  1. (of a person) pained by the loss of someone
  2. deprived of, lacking, stripped of, robbed of
    • 2011 November 3, David Ornstein, “Macc Tel-Aviv 1–2 Stoke”, BBC Sport:
      The hosts had not lost in 12 home European games but looked shaky at the back and bereft of attacking ideas, inviting Stoke forward for further opportunities.
    • 1909, Robert W. Service, “The Ballad of One-Eyed Mike”, in Ballads of a Cheechako:
      And there I strove, and there I clove through the drift of icy streams; / And there I fought, and there I sought for the pay-streak of my dreams. ¶ So twenty years, with their hopes and fears and smiles and tears and such, / Went by and left me long bereft of hope of the Midas touch;
    • Dead Parrot Sketch
      Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

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