• WordNet 3.6
    • n devitalization the act of reducing the vitality of something
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n devitalization The act of depriving of vitality: as, the devitalization of tissue.
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In literature:

He sat motionless, as though the whole bulk of him were devitalized, and maintained its outline only by the inclosing frame of the chair.
"The Sleuth of St. James's Square" by Melville Davisson Post
Now will to devitalize the entire hand from the wrist to the finger-tips.
"The Renaissance of the Vocal Art" by Edmund Myer
What about the hurried, ugly and devitalizing existence of our big towns?
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Her nervous organization was badly devitalized.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
To the next I owe a comprehension of the elastic touch, with devitalized muscles.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
It is useless for a dull and devitalized teacher to exhort her pupils to wake up and take an interest.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
But, though the artist's vision and emotion alike are modified, purified, they are not devitalized.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
In one sense the sympathy quest was a devitalizing failure.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
If all citizens emulated their example, democracy would become inane and devitalized.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Manifestly, if complete lack of sleep is fatal, late hours and partial lack of sleep is at least devitalizing and detrimental to health.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
I have made another observation in protecting roots against devitalizing.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
They have distorted it; have maimed it; have devitalized it at essential points.
"Religious Perplexities" by L. P. Jacks
He told me many things that were new to me, dishearteningly, discouragingly, devitalizingly new to me.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Its effect must have also been to devitalize the oxygen and nitrogen of the atmosphere.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
The creature is so devitalized; the dirt is so ingrained, so much a second nature, that a bath really isn't attractive.
"The Salvaging Of Civilisation" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Twelve hours in a railway-car exhausts one, not because of the sitting, but because of the devitalized air.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 68, June, 1863" by Various
Religion is devitalized, and morals have become dissolute.
"The Whole Armour of God" by John Henry Jowett
In fact, the war's profoundly devitalizing effects upon the general population can hardly be overestimated.
"The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy" by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
His opinions, whatever they are, do not devitalize his fiction.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
Sometimes the impression of this diathesis is so intense as to devitalize the foetus in utero, causing still-birth.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In science:

Devitations as large as 15% are however observed in the most defavorable case, i.e., high tilt and optical thickness, except with STEINRAY which deviates from all other codes, between 10 and 30┬Ám (see P04 for more detailed description of these deviations).
Radiative transfer in protoplanetary disks