de·​void di-ˈvȯid How to pronounce devoid (audio)
: being without a usual, typical, or expected attribute or accompaniment
used with of
an argument devoid of sense
a landscape devoid of life

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of devoid was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Devoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​void di-ˈvȯid How to pronounce devoid (audio)
: not having a usual or expected quality
a book devoid of interest

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