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 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 To be a hungry woman with an appetite, according to patriarchy, is to be voracious and pleasure-seeking, devoid of discipline and principles. Charlotte Lieberman, Marie Claire, "My Eating Disorder Made Me Feel Like a Feminist Fraud," 28 Feb. 2018 One location was largely devoid of sunlight, and tutoring and instrumental lessons took place in the hallway. James Vaznis,, "Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools," 11 June 2018 Largely devoid of natural resources, Jordan survives in large part on handouts. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Jordan has weathered its worst protests since the Arab Spring. But the storm isn’t over.," 9 June 2018 Her home is devoid of clutter and junk drawers—exercising restraint, albeit with temptation. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Inside the Vintage-Filled Chelsea Home of Etsy’s COO," 5 June 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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