- not possessing, untouched by, void, or destitute (usually followed by of).
- to deplete or strip of some quality or substance: imprisonment that devoids a person of humanity.
Origin of devoid
Synonyms for devoid
- (postpositive foll by of) destitute or void (of); free (from)
Word Origin 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.)).