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Void vs. Devoid: What's the Difference?

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"Void" refers to emptiness or a space with nothing in it, while "Devoid" means completely lacking or free from something specific.

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Void is a noun and an adjective that often alludes to a space or gap where there's nothing present. It can be physical emptiness, like a void in the universe, or metaphorical, like a void in someone's heart. Devoid, primarily an adjective, is always followed by the preposition "of" and denotes the absence of a particular quality or element, asserting that something lacks that specific characteristic entirely.
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The word Void can also imply invalidity. For instance, in legal contexts, a contract can be termed as void, meaning it has no legal force or effect. On the other hand, Devoid doesn't carry such connotations of invalidity but strictly points out the absence of something, like when a dessert is devoid of sugar.
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When considering grammar, Void stands independently in a sentence, acting either as a noun or adjective. For instance, "She felt a void inside her." In contrast, Devoid is followed by "of" and then what's lacking, like in the sentence, "The land is devoid of vegetation."
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Void is versatile in its application and can move beyond describing emptiness to imply ineffectiveness. For instance, "His promises were void." Whereas, Devoid remains fixed in its use, always indicating the total lack of a certain quality or element, without the broader applications that "void" offers.
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Oct 18, 2023
Both Void and Devoid express the idea of absence, but they differ in scope and application. While void suggests a general emptiness or nullity, devoid focuses on a specific absence, always pointing out what is missing from the subject in question.
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Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Noun and Adjective
Adjective
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Meaning

Emptiness or space with nothing in it.
Completely lacking a specific quality/element.
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Grammatical Construction

Stands independently
Always followed by "of"
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Application Beyond Emptiness

Can imply invalidity or ineffectiveness.
Strictly points to a specific absence.
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Contextual Examples

"Void contract", "emotional void".
"Devoid of emotion", "land devoid of trees".
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Void and Devoid Definitions

Void

A feeling of emptiness or hollowness
He felt a void after the loss.
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Devoid

Completely lacking in a particular quality or value
The room was devoid of warmth.
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Void

Invalid or null, having no legal force
The contract was deemed void.
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Devoid

Absent of specific characteristics
The painting was devoid of emotion.
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Void

Containing no matter; empty.
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Devoid

Empty of; without
The sky was devoid of clouds.
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Void

Not occupied; unfilled.
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Devoid

Free from, not having
The dessert was devoid of sugar.
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Void

Completely lacking; devoid
Void of understanding.
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Devoid

Not possessing or untouched by
The land was devoid of vegetation.
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Void

Ineffective; useless.
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Devoid

Completely lacking; destitute or empty
A novel devoid of wit and inventiveness.
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Void

Having no legal force or validity; null
A contract rendered void.
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Devoid

Completely without; having none of.
I went searching for a knife, but the kitchen was devoid of anything sharper than a spoon.
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Void

(Games) Lacking cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand.
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Devoid

(obsolete) To empty out; to remove.
The child will devoid the garbage after he devours his sandwich.
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Void

An empty space.
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Devoid

To empty out; to remove.
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Void

A vacuum.
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Devoid

Void; empty; vacant.
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Void

An open space or a break in continuity; a gap.
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Devoid

Destitute; not in possession; - with of; as, devoid of sense; devoid of pity or of pride.
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Void

A feeling or state of emptiness, loneliness, or loss.
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Devoid

Completely lacking
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Void

(Games) Absence of cards of a particular suit in a dealt hand
A void in hearts.
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Void

To take out (the contents of something); empty.
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Void

To excrete (body wastes).
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Void

To leave; vacate.
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Void

To make void or of no validity; invalidate
Issued a new passport and voided the old one.
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Void

To excrete body wastes.
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Void

Nothing; empty; not occupied or filled.
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Void

Having no incumbent; unoccupied; said of offices etc.
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Void

Being without; destitute; devoid.
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Void

Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
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Void

Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification.
Null and void
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Void

Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.
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Void

That does not return a value; a procedure.
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Void

An empty space; a vacuum.
Nobody has crossed the void since one man died trying three hundred years ago; it's high time we had another go.
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Void

(astronomy) An extended region of space containing no galaxies.
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Void

(materials science) A collection of adjacent vacancies inside a crystal lattice.
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Void

(fluid mechanics) A pocket of vapour inside a fluid flow, created by cavitation.
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Void

(construction) An empty space between floors or walls, including false separations and planned gaps between a building and its facade.
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Void

A black cat.
My little void is so sweet sometimes.
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Void

An empty place; A location that has nothing useful.
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Void

A voidee.
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Void

(transitive) To make invalid or worthless.
He voided the check and returned it.
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Void

To empty.
Void one’s bowels
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Void

To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge.
To void excrement
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Void

To withdraw, depart.
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Void

To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave.
To void a table
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Void

Containing nothing; empty; vacant; not occupied; not filled.
The earth was without form, and void.
I 'll get me to a place more void.
I 'll chain him in my study, that, at void hours,I may run over the story of his country.
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Void

Having no incumbent; unoccupied; - said of offices and the like.
Divers great offices that had been long void.
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Void

Being without; destitute; free; wanting; devoid; as, void of learning, or of common use.
A conscience void of offense toward God.
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor.
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Void

Not producing any effect; ineffectual; vain.
[My word] shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.
I will make void the counsel of Judah.
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Void

Containing no immaterial quality; destitute of mind or soul.
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Void

Of no legal force or effect, incapable of confirmation or ratification; null. Cf. Voidable, 2.
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Void

An empty space; a vacuum.
Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defense,And fills up all the mighty void of sense.
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Void

To remove the contents of; to make or leave vacant or empty; to quit; to leave; as, to void a table.
Void anon her place.
If they will fight with us, bid them come down,Or void the field.
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Void

To throw or send out; to evacuate; to emit; to discharge; as, to void excrements.
A watchful application of mind in voiding prejudices.
With shovel, like a fury, voided outThe earth and scattered bones.
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Void

To render void; to make to be of no validity or effect; to vacate; to annul; to nullify.
After they had voided the obligation of the oath he had taken.
It was become a practice . . . to void the security that was at any time given for money so borrowed.
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Void

To be emitted or evacuated.
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Void

The state of nonexistence
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Void

An empty area or space;
The huge desert voids
The emptiness of outer space
Without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum
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Void

Declare invalid;
The contract was annulled
Void a plea
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Void

Clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place, receptacle, etc.) of something;
The chemist voided the glass bottle
The concert hall was voided of the audience
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Void

Take away the legal force of or render ineffective;
Invalidateas a contract
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Void

Excrete or discharge from the body
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Void

Lacking any legal or binding force;
Null and void
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Void

Containing nothing;
The earth was without form, and void
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Void

A space entirely devoid of matter
There's a void in the universe.
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Void

Completely empty or uninhabited
The house remained void for years.
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Void

Ineffectiveness or uselessness
His claims were void of truth.
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FAQs

Is "void" a noun and adjective?

Yes, it can act as both.
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Is "devoid" used before what's lacking?

Yes, typically "devoid" is followed by "of" and then what's absent.
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What does "devoid of emotion" mean?

It means completely lacking emotion.
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Can "void" indicate invalidity?

Yes, like in a "void contract."
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Does "devoid" imply a complete absence?

Yes, it means completely lacking a specific quality or element.
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Oct 18, 2023

Can "void" describe a place?

Yes, like a "void" space or uninhabited area.
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Can "devoid" stand alone without "of"?

No, it's always followed by "of" and then what's lacking.
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Is "void" always negative?

Generally, it indicates absence or nullity, which can be perceived negatively.
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Can "devoid" describe a taste?

Yes, like food "devoid of flavor."
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Does "void" only describe physical emptiness?

No, void can describe both physical and emotional emptiness.
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Can a feeling be described as "void"?

Yes, like feeling a "void" of emptiness or loss.
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Is "devoid" a noun?

No, "devoid" is an adjective.
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Does "devoid" have synonyms?

Yes, like "lacking" or "bereft."
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Is "devoid" stronger than "lacking"?

Generally, "devoid" implies a total absence, making it stronger.
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Can "void" relate to legal contexts?

Yes, like "void agreements" that lack legal standing.
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Can "devoid" be used in positive contexts?

It can, like "devoid of errors."
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Is a "void check" empty?

No, it's a check marked "void" to indicate it shouldn't be cashed.
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Can "void" mean ineffective?

Yes, like claims that are void of truth.
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Can "void" describe emotions?

Yes, like feeling a "void" of loneliness.
Sara Rehman
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Is "devoid" always followed by negative aspects?

No, it just points to an absence, like "devoid of errors."
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