Word of the Day: bereft

Word of the Day: bereft

1. sorrowful through loss or deprivation

2. unhappy in love; suffering from unrequited love


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.”

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