bereftness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bereft +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

bereftness ‎(uncountable)

  1. The quality of being bereft.
    • 2007 July 5, Eric Konigsberg, “Violin Taken in Subway Is Reunited With Owner”, in New York Times[1]:
      Thus began six days of bereftness and uncertainty for Mr. Chiu that ended, on Tuesday night, with the Scarampella returned to him — after taking a curious detour — courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with an assist from the person he has come to refer to as “my thief.”