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bereft (adj) – 1. (a. Deprived of something.
(b) Lacking something needed or expected.
2. Suffering the death of a loved one; bereaved.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late 14th century, past-participle adjective from bereave.

Source of bereave : Old English bereafian “to deprive of, take away by violence, seize, rob,” from be- + reafian “rob, plunder,” from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- “to snatch”. A common Germanic formation (compare Old Frisian biravia “despoil, rob, deprive (someone of something),” Old Saxon biroban, Dutch berooven, Old High German biroubon, German berauben, Gothic biraubon).

Since mid-17th century, mostly in reference to life, hope, loved ones, and other immaterial possessions. Past tense forms bereaved and bereft have co-existed since 14th century, now slightly differentiated in meaning, the former applied to loss of loved ones, the latter to circumstances.

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