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Forced LossPlay
Use 'bereave' when a valuable person or thing is lost unwillingly and it's out of one’s control. SlideThe community was bereaved of its leader after the unexpected coup.
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Strong EmotionPlay
'Bereave' implies a deep sense of loss, often bringing strong emotional pain. SlideHe felt utterly bereaved of hope after the verdict was announced.
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The loss suggested by 'bereave' usually concerns something irreplaceable, not common objects. SlideThe flood bereaved the villagers of their ancestral homes.