de·​void | \di-ˈvȯid \

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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The action is brutal and unsparing but strikingly devoid of sadism; more than once, the movie skips the gory details and cuts to the aftermath, as if to emphasize the finality of all this killing. Justin Chang,, "Joaquin Phoenix descends into a hellish New York underworld in the haunting 'You Were Never Really Here'," 5 Apr. 2018 Photos and trivia about the 1964 Alaska earthquake adorn the walls in hallways that were almost completely devoid of people Wednesday morning. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s version of Pike Place Market? That’s one idea for this spot downtown," 6 May 2018 Other than that, this part of scouting season is largely devoid of swaggering, Sonny Weaver-type moments. Conor Orr,, "Another NFL Combine Is in the Books. What Did It All Mean?," 6 Mar. 2018 The second season opens in Miami Beach on July 15, 1997, with a seven-minute sequence almost completely devoid of dialogue. Joey Morona,, "'The Greatest Showman' sing-along is here to make sure that song is stuck in your head forever," 12 Jan. 2018 The session was devoid of the kind of rancor Issa has faced from the anti-Trump resistance that helped push him to retire from Congress when his current term ends. Michael Smolens,, "Local Congress members' collegiality seems a world away from Washington," 29 June 2018 The pace slowed considerably in a second half devoid of quality chances, as the two group underdogs appeared headed for a draw. Avi Creditor,, "WATCH: Iran Beats Morocco in World Cup on Stoppage Time Own Goal," 15 June 2018 Back in the days when newspapers still employed copy editors, the job was devoid of prestige. John E. Mcintyre,, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 For Voss, who was raised in Wisconsin at a time the landscape was devoid of wild turkeys, the spring hunt is a treasure not to be taken for granted. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fond du Lac's Loren Voss is a Wisconsin turkey hunting ambassador," 6 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of devoid

: completely without The room was devoid of decoration.

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