overuse has devitalized many a once-striking figure of speech
she was devitalized by the infection
Recent Examples on the WebMiller’s writing début may have been precipitated by her assault, but the final work devitalizes its horrific beginnings.
Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2019 His lip was completely destroyed with multiple linear lacerations, jagged lacerations, devitalized tissue, denervated tissue with a 12 cm laceration in multiple pieces of the entire left upper lift, the mucosal surface, and orbicularis.
Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 1 June 2017
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