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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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  • This is an hypothesis not only devoid of evidence, but directly opposed to the experience of every one.

  • They are thieves—they will steal from you before your very face, so devoid are they of all shame.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Her neck rose from the withers to the head in perfect curvature, hard, devoid of fat, and well cut up under the chops.

  • When sober, he was accessible, conversable, and devoid of pride.

  • Lacking these, however many gifts the haughty have received through the Gospel, they are devoid of love.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
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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