Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or principle. See Synonyms at love.
  • n. Religious ardor or zeal; piety.
  • n. An act of religious observance or prayer, especially when private. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Prayers or religious texts: a book of devotions.
  • n. The act of devoting or the state of being devoted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or state of devoting or being devoted.
  • n. Feeling of strong or fervent affection; dedication
  • n. Religious veneration, zeal, or piety.
  • n. A prayer (often found in the plural)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of devoting; consecration.
  • n. The state of being devoted; addiction; eager inclination; strong attachment love or affection; zeal; especially, feelings toward God appropriately expressed by acts of worship; devoutness.
  • n. Act of devotedness or devoutness; manifestation of strong attachment; act of worship; prayer.
  • n. Disposal; power of disposal.
  • n. A thing consecrated; an object of devotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of devoting; a definitive setting apart, appropriating, or consecrating: as, the devotion of one's means to a certain purpose; the devotion of one's life to the service of God.
  • n. The state of being devoted.
  • n. Earnest and faithful service arising from love, friendship, patriotism, etc.; enthusiastic manifestation of attachment.
  • n. Close attention or application in general: as, his devotion to this pursuit impaired his health.
  • n. An act of worship; a religious exercise.
  • n. Alms given as an act of worship; offerings made at divine service.
  • n. Something consecrated; an object of devotion.
  • n. Power of devoting or applying to use; disposal; bidding.
  • n. Synonyms Consecration, dedication, devotedness.
  • n. 2 . Piety, Godliness, etc. (See religion.)
  • n. . Attachment, Affection, etc. (see love), zeal, fidelity, constancy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
  • n. (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)
  • n. commitment to some purpose
  • n. feelings of ardent love

Etymologies

Latin dēvōtiō, from dēvōtum +‎ -tio, from the supine of dēvoveō ("vow, devote"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Page 27] hair which trails on the floor as she kneels, her wan, brown, pathetic face raised suppliantly in devotion, is one of the prettiest, though most common, sights in Mexico on Sunday morning.

    Six Months in Mexico

  • Very little of what we call devotion seasons them.

    Horace

  • I use the word devotion specifically as it indicates love: these artists loved their patrons, they didn’t just serve them.

    The Poet Prince

  • Obviously that devotion is romantic, and here is the reason this scandal has engaged us for so long: its true center is not a particularly lurid and public divorce.

    The Passion of Alec Baldwin

  • Watching these films, I realized that although one man may stand out more than others in devotion and leadership, war is filled with heroes -- the many unnamed heroes that even help to create the known heroes, or the simple heroism of risking your life for the defense of one's country.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • In this I meant recognition of what Simone Weil described this way: "I am an atheist and a Christian, for what we call God cannot possibly exist -- but the object of my devotion is not in vain."

    Jason Derr: A New Conception of the Trinity for Post-Trinity Faith

  • Among her friends, Amy’s heedless devotion is often cause for concern.

    The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz: Book summary

  • Work at home is tangled up in devotion and duty and love.

    Thoughts of Home

  • One may think that the Daughter is a sympathetic character, but what are we to make of the finale in which she leads the chorus in an impassioned tonal salute to her murdered father, justifying his crimes in the name of devotion to art?

    Hindemith's 'Cardillac' Pulls No Punches

  • "Lost" seems to breed obsessive types who are a study in devotion and intelligence.

    Television

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