1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; opposed to invest.

2. To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc. "Wretches divested of every moral feeling." (Goldsmith) "The tendency of the language to divest itself of its gutturals." (Earle)

3. See Devest.

Origin: LL. Divestire (di- = dis- + L. Vestire to dress), equiv. To L. Devestire. It is the same word as devest, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical term in law. See Devest, Vest.

(01 Mar 1998)