verb (used with object), de·vi·tal·ized, de·vi·tal·iz·ing.

to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.

Also especially British, de·vi·tal·ise.

Origin of devitalize

First recorded in 1840–50; de- + vitalize
Related formsde·vi·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devitalized

Historical Examples of 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.

British Dictionary definitions for devitalized




(tr) to lower or destroy the vitality of; make weak or lifelessthe war devitalized the economy
Derived Formsdevitalization or devitalisation, noun
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devitalized in Medicine




Devoid of vitality or life, as a tooth with destroyed pulp.
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