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

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • No good could come of an alliance with a man so devoid of all feelings of honour or of gratitude.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • When sober, he was accessible, conversable, and devoid of pride.

  • Or is the life of mind sufficient, if devoid of any particle of pleasure?

    Philebus Plato
  • Philosophy had become extravagant, eclectic, abstract, devoid of any real content.

    Phaedrus Plato
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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