devoid

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

Definition of devoid

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In point of fact, the concert Thursday night at Severance Hall wasn’t completely devoid of extra-musical implications. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra, Sachs delight with slate of untroubled Classical standards," 22 Nov. 2019 The bar was extraordinarily low, but the home-grown midfielder was operating at a level above the others in a squad that appeared devoid of confidence and ideas. SI.com, "Scott McTominay: From Jose Mourinho’s Pet Project to Man Utd’s Best Player," 1 Nov. 2019 Even influential psychologists of the last century presumed that autistic people were devoid of emotions and empathy. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ideas Lab reports on how to solve problems in Wisconsin. Here are a few things we looked at in 2019.," 27 Dec. 2019 But with two chicken thighs at $1.70 and butter at $2 in a nation with a minimum wage of $6 a month, the aisles were mostly devoid of shoppers. Washington Post, "A fake Walmart, cases of Dom Pérignon and the almighty dollar. Inside socialist Venezuela’s chaotic embrace of the free market.," 25 Dec. 2019 Only 2011’s LSU-Georgia game -- fittingly this year’s matchup too -- was devoid of Yellowhammer state representation. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A different feel to this Iron Bowl," 26 Nov. 2019 But some of the high-elevation, older soils were devoid of life. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Some spots on Earth are too hostile for life," 28 Oct. 2019 However, Northwestern was devoid of one important element which both Iowa and Purdue possessed when cutting the Buckeyes’ hearts out. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "With Ohio State football’s 52-3 rout of Northwestern, season will not be defined by upset out West," 19 Oct. 2019 Both are presumably levels in the full game, but during our hands-on they were completely devoid of enemies. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Respawn's Medal of Honor revival for Oculus Rift nails WWII, but lacks little VR extras," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of devoid was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Devoid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devoid. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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devoid

adjective
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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