devoid of life

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When a man falls from a precipice or slips on a piece of orange peel, his body behaves as if it were devoid of life.
On some of the bushes might be seen a bud, a blossom, a baby, a half-grown person and a ripe one; but even those ready to pluck were motionless and silent, as if devoid of life.
The politicians [who ruled the day after October 13] have made Lebanon a skeleton devoid of life, and the people alone have the solution," he said.
A body lies on the stairs, the wards are falling apart and the place looks devoid of life.
25 PER MIN AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19 Like spring bulbs popping out where the ground looked devoid of life, now could be a time of surprising developments that set you on a new course, or of things you have given up thinking about as possibilities, suddenly coming to life.
The bottom of the sea was devoid of life, and when animals from the upper water layers and land died, they sank and the stagnant condition prevented scavengers and bacteria from disturbing the remains.
Beyond the reaches of sunlight and seemingly devoid of life, the caves are, in fact, teeming with an unexpected diversity of microorganisms that rival microbial communities on the Earth's surface, according to a study published in the Journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology.
The mountains surrounding Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula look deserted and devoid of life, but hidden between the crags and crevices, small groups of trees stand guard around fresh water wells: the Secret Gardens.
Our beaches are undoubtedly very special places but on a windswept day in autumn they may appear at first glance rather devoid of life.
By the time the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the sea had lost 90 per cent of its water and had been reduced to three small bodies of water, two of which are almost devoid of life.
Yes, Worcester and every community and mill from here to Providence once discharged untreated sewage and industrial waste to the river, turning the waterway into an open sewer devoid of life and shunned by the public.
Although the area was a desert, it was not devoid of life.