October 18, 2021

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Word of the Day: bereft

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1. sorrowful through loss or deprivation

2. unhappy in love; suffering from unrequited love

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The word bereft has appeared in 111 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 29 in “Grape-Nuts, Supermarket Mainstay, Is No Longer So Easy to Find” by Johnny Diaz:

Some die-hard fans of the original Grape-Nuts have complained on social media about the challenges in finding the product, saying the shortage has left them bereft not only of breakfast but afternoon and evening snacks as well.

“I am among those suffering from the great #grapenuts shortage,” David Heyman posted on Twitter on Wednesday. “May their return bring a little comfort in troubled times.”

Can you correctly use the word bereft in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

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If you want a better idea of how bereft can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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