to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of):
Illness bereaved them of their mother.
to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually followed by of):
The war bereaved them of their home.
Obsolete. to take away by violence.
Historical Examples

The Iliad of Homer (1873) Homer
Jane Talbot Charles Brockden Brown
Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt

verb (transitive)
(usually foll by of) to deprive (of) something or someone valued, esp through death
(obsolete) to remove by force

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