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English definition of “bereft”

bereft

adjective [after verb]     /bɪˈreft/ formal
not having something or feeling great loss: Alone now and almost penniless, he was bereft of hope. After the last of their children had left home the couple felt utterly bereft.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessaryFeeling sad and unhappy
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