Definition of "devest" [de•vest]

  • Law To take away (a right or possession, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To remove the clothing or covering of. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To deprive of a title, right, or item of property. (verb-transitive)

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Use "devest" in a sentence
  • "M to day after haveing disposed of their roots and berries for a fiew fishing hooks and Some other Small articles. we are infestd. with Sworms of flees already in our new habatations; the presumption is therefore Strong that we Shall not devest our Selves of this intolerably troublesom vermin dureing our residence here."
  • "Nation, and the Spanish having agreed, to give the honour of this Action either truely or falsely, unto Sir Henry Morgan, I cannot but admire that those who pretend to be the greatest admirers of his merits, should endeavour to devest him of it."
  • "Angling is an Art; and you know that Art better then any that I know: and that this is truth, is demostrated by the fruits of that pleasant labor which you enjoy when you purpose to give rest to your mind, and devest your self of your more serious business, and (which is often) dedicate a day or two to this Recreation."