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bereft (adj) to be without; lacking totally; deprived (usually with bad results); sad and lonely.

A person is bereft of hope, when they have lost all hope. A person is bereft of ideas, when they lack imagination enough to find solutions to a problem. 'They are bereft of common sense.' This means, they do not have common sense. When someone close to a person dies, making them feel sad and lonely, they are bereft. They feel bereft. When a girl is deserted by her lover, she is bereft, that is, she feels sad and lonely.

  • The party is impatient to return to power. It is, however, bereft of an agenda or of ideas which can attract voters.
  • With their beloved father no more, and their mother sickly, the children had naturally been feeling bereft, until their uncle came to their rescue.
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