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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Completely lacking; destitute or empty.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Void; empty; vacant.
  • adjective Destitute; not in possession; -- with of
  • transitive verb To empty out; to remove.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective empty; having none of; completely without

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

  • adjective completely wanting or lacking

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, past participle of devoiden, to remove, eliminate, from Old French desvoidier : des-, de- + voidier, to empty (from voide, empty; see void).]

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