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[dee-vahyt-l-ahyz] /diˈvaɪt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), devitalized, devitalizing.
to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.
Also, especially British, devitalise.
Origin of devitalize
1840-50; de- + vitalize
Related forms
devitalization, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • They hoped and worked for the devitalized races of Subterranea, for the betterment of their condition, more than for their own.

  • The stifling and devitalized air set their nerves on edge, as it were.

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
  • She patted the dry, devitalized hand, and pressed it in her own strong, electric grip.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • It's the most pitiful and devitalized thing that ever ran up and down the earth.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • Twelve hours in a railway-car exhausts one, not because of the sitting, but because of the devitalized air.

  • No shred of cloud relieved the emptiness of a devitalized sky.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • The creature is so devitalized; the dirt is so ingrained, so much a second nature, that a bath really isn't attractive.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • Wherefore its economics were devitalized and its theology an anachronism.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • If all citizens emulated their example, democracy would become inane and devitalized.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
  • Thin, devitalized tags of skin often stretch from side to side of the ulcer.

British Dictionary definitions for devitalized


(transitive) to lower or destroy the vitality of; make weak or lifeless: the war devitalized the economy
Derived Forms
devitalization, devitalisation, noun
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devitalized in Medicine

devitalized de·vi·tal·ized (dē-vīt'l-īzd')
Devoid of vitality or life, as a tooth with destroyed pulp.

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