- to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.
Also especially British, de·vi·tal·ise.
Origin of devitalize
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Examples from the Web for devitalized
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.
- (tr) to lower or destroy the vitality of; make weak or lifelessthe war devitalized the economy
- Devoid of vitality or life, as a tooth with destroyed pulp.
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