verb (used with object)
  1. 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

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Historical Examples of devoided

  • They are devoided of personal interest in order to prevent the attention of the spectator from being fixed upon them.

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British Dictionary definitions for devoided


  1. (postpositive foll by of) destitute or void (of); free (from)

Word Origin for devoid

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 devoided



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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