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Topic: DEATH

Language: Old English
Origin: bereafian, from reafian 'to rob'

bereaved

adjective
     
be‧reaved
1MX having lost a close friend or relative because they have recently died:
a bereaved mother
2

the bereaved

MX the person or people whose close friend or relative has just died:
Our sympathies go to the bereaved.
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