Usage examples for bereave

  1. In the second stanza, before he enters upon the subject, the poet complains of the decay of patronage, and the general depravity of taste; and in the third breaks out into the following exclamation, which is so perfectly beautiful, that it would be the greatest mortification not to transcribe it, I care not, fortune, what you me deny: You cannot rob me of free nature's grace; You cannot shut the windows of the sky, Through which Aurora shews her bright'ning face; You cannot bar my constant feet to trace The woods and lawns, by living stream at eve: Let health my nerves, and finer fibres brace, And I their toys to the great children leave; Of fancy, reason, virtue, nought can me bereave – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  2. The islands being over- populated, and the farms so insignificantly small, it follows as a result that the inhabitants have to depend on external aid, and throw themselves, although reluctantly it may be, into the arms of a system which, however honestly conducted, has a tendency to hamper their movements, to bereave them of independence, and to plunge parents and their children into debt, out of which they may never be able to extricate themselves. – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  3. Bereave me of my illusions and I am bereft, for they are " the stardust I have clutched." – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  4. What injury has Sigurd done thee, that thou the hero wilt of life bereave – The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
  5. Prove fatal to thee and bereave thy life, Rains. – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  6. I realized that another June 3d would bereave me of half of the youths left to me, whom I loved as my sons. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  7. Enough, thou hast my heart; For those I love with life I'd freely part; I would not harm a soul, nor of its faith bereave it. – Faust by Goethe
  8. " The fatal club was uplifted: the breasts of the company already by anticipation felt the dreadful crash, which was to bereave the wretched victim of life: when the young and beautiful Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the emperor, with a shriek of terror and agony threw herself on the body of Smith; Her hair was loose, and her eyes streaming with tears, while her whole manner bespoke the deep distress and agony of her bosom. – Captain John Smith by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  9. Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise: Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount, And natural graces that extinguish art; Repeat their semblance often on the seas, That, when thou comest to kneel at Henry's feet, Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with wonder. – King-Henry-VI-Part-1 by Shakespeare, William
  10. Though ye take from a covetous man his treasure, he has yet one jewel left; ye cannot bereave him of his covetousness. – On Compromise by John Morley
  11. Bereave bereft or bereaved, bereaving, bereft or bereaved. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  12. The persuasion that my friend and brother was going where he was likely to find that tranquillity of which his stay here would bereave him, but imperfectly soothed the pangs of a long and perhaps an eternal separation. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  13. Thy leave, My dying song, Yet take, ere grief bereave The breath which I enjoy too long, Tell thou that fair one this: my soul prefers Her love above my life; and that I died her's: And let him be, for evermore, to her remembrance dear, Who loved the very thought of her whilst he remained here. – Pastoral Poems by Nicholas Breton, Selected Poetry by George Wither, and Pastoral Poetry by William Browne (of Tavistock) by Nicholas Breton, George Wither, and William Browne (of Tavistock)
  14. And yet imperious necessity may bereave us even of that joy. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  15. It is the vices of men, and not the weakness of their nature, that basely enslave them to their equals; and he that prizes liberty beyond a few contemptible pleasures of his senses may be certain that no human force can ever bereave him of so great a good. – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  16. Yet let not thy false hand bereave this breath, For if it were thy gift, hateful were death. – Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso
  17. As soon as he arrived again in Africa, Metellus, no longer able to control his feelings of jealousy, and his indignation that now when he had really finished the war, and nothing was left but to secure the person of Jugurtha, Marius, grown great merely through his ingratitude to him, should come to bereave him both of his victory and triumph, could not bear to have any interview with him; but retired himself, whilst Rutilius, his lieutenant, surrendered up the army to Marius, whose conduct, however, in the end of the war, met with some sort of retribution, as Sylla deprived him of the glory of the action, as he had done Metellus. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  18. Not a definite illness, but a lingering malaise, which seemed to bereave him of all spring and energy. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson