A past tense and a past participle of bereave.
a. Deprived of something: They are bereft of their dignity.
b. Lacking something needed or expected: "Today's graduates seem keenly aware that the future is bereft of conventional expectations" (Bruce Weber).
2. Suffering the death of a loved one; bereaved: the bereft parents.
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