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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Regulatory policy, of course, has never been entirely devoid of politics. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "T-Mobile’s proposed takeover of Sprint, explained," 30 Apr. 2018 Which is not to say that Pfeiffer's performance is entirely devoid of subtext. Justin Chang,, "'Where Is Kyra?': Michelle Pfeiffer's brilliant performance holds the answer," 12 Apr. 2018 But the session wasn’t entirely devoid of political spats, the largest of which came when the General Assembly voted to remove the state comptroller from the process of awarding funds for school construction. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "‘Together, we have taken action’: Ahead of Md. elections, bipartisanship prevails," 10 Apr. 2018 Seacrest’s utter cleanness of image—someone who’s not just relentlessly upbeat but seemingly devoid of impulse entirely—aids his quest to bulldoze through this scandal. Daniel D'addario, Time, "On the Red Carpet, Ryan Seacrest Is a Distraction in an Important Year," 1 Mar. 2018 There are 21st century writers who write every day for weblogs, often shortened to blogs, a pragmatic abbreviation entirely devoid of poetry. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "A journeyman in the world of journalism," 26 Feb. 2018 Wuerl’s denial corresponds with the public record, which provides ample evidence that McCarrick lived a life completely devoid of ecclesiastic restriction after the sanctions were said to have been imposed in 2009 or 2010. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope’s alleged cover-up pivots on when, if sanctions imposed," 28 Aug. 2018 But finding a galaxy that’s more or less devoid of dark matter certainly suggests a few tantalizing things. National Geographic, "This Galaxy Has Almost No Dark Matter—And Scientists Are Baffled," 28 Mar. 2018 The gardens devoid of grasses seem duller for their absence, with the exception of those Takacs photographed in Japan, which have a separate quality about them. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Forget the perfect trophy garden: Today’s finest landscapes are positively wild | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 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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