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[dih-void] /dɪˈvɔɪd/
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.
Origin of devoid
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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  • Some parts of the park have become empty forests, devoid of wildlife.
  • This part strikes me as not devoid of attitude.
  • Much of the ecoregion lies beneath glaciers and ice fields, so it is mostly devoid of vegetation.
  • It gives an equal voice to states that are almost devoid of voters.
  • Thus Chagall grew up in a home devoid of images.
  • Motionless I stand on the spot, devoid of all sense of direction.
  • Few areas are completely devoid of life.
  • Because to me it comes across as nothing more but a blanket statement devoid of any basis of fact.
  • These areas are devoid of sulfates.
  • He is completely devoid of any leadership qualities.
British Dictionary definitions for devoid


(postpositive) foll by of. destitute or void (of); free (from)
Word Origin
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 and History for devoid

c.1400, shortening of devoided, past participle of obsolete verb devoiden "to remove, void, vacate" (c.1300), from Old French desvuidier (12c., Modern French dévider) "to empty out, flush game from, unwind, let loose (an arrow)," from des- "out, away" + voider "to empty," from voide "empty" (see void (adj.)).

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