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devoid

[dih-void] /dɪˈvɔɪd/
adjective
1.
not possessing, untouched by, void, or destitute (usually followed by of).
verb (used with object)
2.
to deplete or strip of some quality or substance:
imprisonment that devoids a person of humanity.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. lacking, wanting, destitute, bereft, barren.
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British Dictionary definitions for devoid of

devoid

/dɪˈvɔɪd/
adjective
1.
(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 of

devoid

adj.

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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