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devitalize

[dee-vahyt-l-ahyz] /diˈvaɪt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), devitalized, devitalizing.
1.
to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.
Also, especially British, devitalise.
Origin of devitalize
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; de- + vitalize
Related forms
devitalization, noun
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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

devitalize

/diːˈvaɪtəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(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')
adj.
Devoid of vitality or life, as a tooth with destroyed pulp.

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