The definition of bereft is someone who is without something.
An example of bereft of decency is a fraudulent or dishonest politician.
- deprived, robbed, or devoid, as of life, hope, or happiness
A past tense and a past participle of bereave.
- a. Deprived of something: They are bereft of their dignity.b. Lacking something needed or expected: “Today's graduates seem keenly aware that the future is bereft of conventional expectations” (Bruce Weber).
- Suffering the death of a loved one; bereaved: the bereft parents.