Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Completely lacking; destitute or empty: a novel devoid of wit and inventiveness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. empty; having none of; completely without

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Void; empty; vacant.
  • adj. Destitute; not in possession; -- with of
  • transitive v. To empty out; to remove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To avoid; leave; depart from.
  • To do away; put aside; destroy.
  • Empty; vacant; void.
  • Destitute; not possessing; lacking: with of: as, devoid of understanding.
  • Synonyms Void, etc. See vacant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. completely wanting or lacking

Etymologies

Middle English, past participle of devoiden, to remove, eliminate, from Old French desvoidier : des-, de- + voidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Elizabeth looked up at him, her gaze straight, her expression devoid of coquetry, absolutely honest.

    The Virgin's Lover

  • In this sense, "God" just becomes another term devoid of significant religious association.

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  • “Year of our Lord” despite its religious origin is a term devoid of any religious meaning in this day and age.

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  • Like Twilight, it would make the charts, but would remain devoid of substance and heart.

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  • Fresh powder, long runs, and a mountain devoid of other people.

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  • And that gives you a chance to pick up a bunch of starters on a team that believes it can win devoid of any marquee talent outside of V.Y. The Titans did not have much of a supporting cast last year, and Young almost got them to the playoffs.

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  • Maya's desires to be a "normal" civilian overcame the requirement for her to be an efficient Harlequin devoid of any personal ties.

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  • For what right can my slave have against me, when all that he has belongs to me, and, his right being mine, this right of mine against myself is a phrase devoid of meaning?

    The Social Contract

  • Nor are they called devoid of art because they really are so, but because it is not the art of the orator which produces them, but they are brought to him from abroad, as it were, and then he deals with them artistically; and this is especially the case as to witnesses.

    The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4

  • —Flat ubi vult, ” etc. 2Or sometimes a word devoid of all meaning as [Greek], which perhaps concealed some bitter allusion to the rules of the cloister; sometimes a simple maxim of monastic discipline set forth in a correct hexameter: “Cœlesten Dominum, terrestrem dicite domnum.

    IV. Fate. Book VII

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