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adjective de·void \di-ˈvȯid\

Definition of devoid

  1. :  being without a usual, typical, or expected attribute or accompaniment —used with of <an argument devoid of sense> <a landscape devoid of life>



Examples of devoid

  1. <the so-called comedy is totally devoid of intelligence, originality, and even laughs>

  2. <the picnic jug was completely devoid of juice after only a few minutes>



Origin of devoid

Middle English, past participle of devoiden to dispel, from Anglo-French *desvoider, from des- dis- + voider to empty — more at void


First Known Use: 15th century



DEVOID Defined for Kids

devoid

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adjective de·void \di-ˈvȯid\

Definition of devoid

  1. :  completely without <The room was devoid of decoration.>





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