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What we love that we have, but by desire we bereave ourselves of the love.

For as for that which doth not, it is its own fault and loss, if it bereave itself of her light.

Receive, and believe, and bereave should be cut out at once.

I think of the fathers and mothers whom further fighting must bereave.

It seemed as if God intended to bereave us of her, for he brought her even to death's door.

The loss of all others will not bereave you of happiness if this be possessed.

And yet imperious necessity may bereave us even of that joy.

Possibly (but I hardly think so) the critique was afterwards shortened, so as to bereave it of this merit.

I hold it not a brotherly part to desire to bereave me of my two children at once.

They whom it must bereave seemed for the time immeasurably removed from the fact.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bereafian "to deprive of, take away, seize, rob," from be + reafian "rob, plunder," from Proto-Germanic *raubojanan, from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rapid). A common Germanic formation (cf. Old Frisian birava "despoil," Old Saxon biroban, Dutch berooven, Old High German biroubon, German berauben, Gothic biraubon). Since mid-17c., mostly in reference to life, hope, loved ones, and other immaterial possessions. Past tense forms bereaved and bereft have co-existed since 14c., now slightly differentiated in meaning, the former applied to loss of loved ones, the latter to circumstances.

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