- 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
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- (postpositive foll by of) destitute or void (of); free (from)
Word Origin and History for devoids
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.)).