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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
First recorded in 1840-50; de- + vitalize
Related forms
devitalization, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The stifling and devitalized air set their nerves on edge, as it were.

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
  • It's the most pitiful and devitalized thing that ever ran up and down the earth.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • No shred of cloud relieved the emptiness of a devitalized sky.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Wherefore its economics were devitalized and its theology an anachronism.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • George, tired and devitalized by his strenuous life, absorbed by his own and his employers affairs, fell asleep at once.

  • Thin, devitalized tags of skin often stretch from side to side of the ulcer.

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

  • The rite of Confirmation has, however, been devitalized, and its immense significance has been almost wholly lost.

  • They grow bleached, devitalized; they are spent, withering away like grass that has lain in the sun.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • They hoped and worked for the devitalized races of Subterranea, for the betterment of their condition, more than for their own.

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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