de·​void | \ di-ˈvȯid How to pronounce devoid (audio) \

Definition of devoid

: being without a usual, typical, or expected attribute or accompaniment used with of an argument devoid of sensea landscape devoid of life

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Synonyms & Antonyms for devoid


bankrupt, bare, barren, bereft, destitute, void


filled, flush, fraught, full, replete, rife

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Examples of devoid in a Sentence

the so-called comedy is totally devoid of intelligence, originality, and even laughs the picnic jug was completely devoid of juice after only a few minutes

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Just two months into her tenure, Leung’s office at the USAG headquarters in Indianapolis is still devoid of any personal effects; there hasn’t been much time for decorating between meeting with every staff member and attending competitive events. Alice Park, Time, "Can Anyone Save the Scandal-Plagued USA Gymnastics? Li Li Leung Is Determined to Try," 13 June 2019 All are in high foot-traffic areas and devoid of drive-thrus. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "One Baja Blast, extra tequila: Boozy Taco Bell Cantina coming to downtown Sacramento," 4 June 2019 Viewers are treated to a confident black woman with a relatable storyline, devoid of stereotypical behaviors (loud mouth, sassy, unreasonably angry) that have become all too commonplace in media for black female characters in general. Teen Vogue, "From B.A.P.S. to Shrill: How Black Plus-Size Women Have Shaped the Romantic Comedy Genre," 10 May 2019 The result was a match largely devoid of interesting moments, though Frei had to be alert throughout. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders survive last-minute scare to extend unbeaten mark to four games," 31 Mar. 2019 Play off the stark lines of the dress with accessories that are bold in their restraint, like gladiator sandals, slim jewelry and a fuss-free bag devoid of excess design elements. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Chic Looks You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 Further Reading Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Stylus convenience, devoid of style The new port selection inspires a love-hate response in me. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 There’s a tranquility to this lake resort, devoid of selfie sticks and casino cruises thumping out pop music. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 The sleep environment should be devoid of blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or any other items that could possibly cause injury. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper "Recall"," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of devoid

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for devoid

Middle English, past participle of devoiden to dispel, from Anglo-French *desvoider, from des- dis- + voider to empty — more at void entry 3

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de·​void | \ di-ˈvȯid How to pronounce devoid (audio) \

Kids Definition of devoid

: completely without The room was devoid of decoration.

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