1. deprived of something cared for or about; 2. without something necessary or desirable; 3. feeling loss. The difference between the adjectives bereft and its synonym bereaved is that the latter usually refers exclusively to someone who has been deprived of a loved one through death. People can, on the other hand, be bereft of many things, including values, abstractions, and characteristics, as well as people. Bereft is usually used in the form “bereft of something.” The verb to bereave means “to lose or be deprived of something.” Its past tense form is also bereft. So, bereft is both an adjective and a past-tense verb.
– Her children and husband gone, the old woman was left sad and bereft.
– Susie was bereft of her job during the recession, but she soon recovered by getting an even better one.
– Soon after graduating college, Jim was bereft and lonely, because so many of his friends moved to other cities.
– My friend was bereaved of her husband when he died in a motorcycle accident.
bereaved, deprived, destitute, lacking,
confused or bewildered, and therefore unsure how to respond. Nonplussed comes from the Latin non plus, or “no further” because someone nonplussed is at a loss for how to proceed. The verb form, nonplus, means “to baffle or confuse.”
– Joanne was completely nonplussed at his angry reaction to her announcement.
– Anna turned to her friend in bewilderment, only to find that she too was nonplussed.
– The shocking news of the devastating fire that destroyed the holiday home, left the young couple nonplussed.
– The owner’s reaction lacked empathy and totally nonplussed the young couple.
confused, bewildered, dumbfounded,