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The usual connotation of devoid is that a normally-expected, or even possibly-expected, thing or quality is missing: I looked out over the hills, but they were completely devoid of motion: not so much as a blade of grass stirred. The usual connotation of bereft is that a normally-expected thing or quality has been removed: After his revelation, I ...


"Bereft" can be applied to people with roughly the same sense as "bereaved" (in this sense, it can stand alone and does not have to take an adjective complement); "devoid" can't be used this way. (of a person) sad and lonely because you have lost something He was utterly bereft when his wife died. The shock of his departure had left her ...

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