from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Devoted in person, or by one's own will.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Devoted by one's self; also, characterized by self-devotion.


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  • The Imperial eyes were filled with tears; and I am not ashamed to confess, that amid the terror of the moment, the Empress, and I myself, forgot our rank in paying a similar tribute to these bold and self-devoted men.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • His loss is indeed a perilous blow to our enterprise; for who remains behind possessing his far-fetched experience, his self-devoted zeal, his consummate wisdom, and his undaunted courage!

    The Abbot

  • I thought that rending the bloody veil from my horrible fate could make thy proud heart stoop to the discipline of the church, I could find in my heart to tell thee a tale, which I have hitherto kept gnawing at my vitals in concealment, like the self-devoted youth of heathenesse.

    The Talisman

  • Hast thou plunged thy house in calamity, and will no worthier wish occur to thee, than to leave it to its sorrows and distress, with the aggravating pangs of causing thy afflicting, however blamable self-desertion? of coming to thee ... perhaps even now! ... with mild forgiveness, and finding thee a self-devoted corpse?


  • Broken hearted over these letters, Camilla spent her time in their perpetual perusal, in wiping from them her tears, and pressing with fond anguish to her lips the signature of her hapless sister, self-beguiled by her own credulous goodness, and self-devoted by her conscientious scruples.


  • It was a gallant and extraordinary deed — All men spoke of it — all men, even those who most condemned the habits and crimes of this self-devoted man, praised the heroism of his friendship.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • When the generous and self-devoted man suffers, there comes Pity; the basis of the sublime is then above the water, and the poet, with or without the gods, can elevate it above the skies.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Oh, Frankenstein! generous and self-devoted being! what does it avail that I now ask thee to pardon me?

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • None so self-devoted as Hester when pestilence stalked through the town.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • Our hearts are warm, our nerves irritable, and we have seen how little there is, in existing systems of female education, calculated to give wide, lofty, self-devoted principles of action.

    The Young Lady's Mentor A Guide to the Formation of Character. In a Series of Letters to Her Unknown Friends


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