1. a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one: The widow had many visitors during her bereavement.
  2. a state of intense grief, as after the loss of a loved one; desolation.
  3. deprivation or loss by force (usually fol. by of): The hurricane left a trail of bereavement of ordinary people.


  1. the condition of having been deprived of something or someone valued, esp through death
  2. a death

1731, from bereave + -ment.

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