de void


not possessing, untouched by, void, or destitute (usually followed by of ).
verb (used with object)
to deplete or strip of some quality or substance: imprisonment that devoids a person of humanity.

1350–1400; Middle English, orig. past participle < Anglo-French, for Old French desvuidier to empty out, equivalent to des- dis-1 + vuidier to empty, void

1. lacking, wanting, destitute, bereft, barren. Unabridged
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devoid (dɪˈvɔɪd)
adj (foll by of)
destitute or void (of); free (from)
[C15: originally past participle of devoid (vb) to remove, from Old French devoidier, from de-de- + voider to void]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., shortening of devoided, pp. of obsolete devoiden "remove, void, vacate," from O.Fr. devoider, from des- "out, away" + voider "to empty," from voide "empty" (see void).
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