dev·​o·​tee | \ˌde-ˌvō-ˈtē, ˌdē-, ˌdā-, də-, -ˈtā \

Definition of devotee 

: an ardent follower, supporter, or enthusiast (as of a religion, art form, or sport)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for devotee


addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker



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Examples of devotee in a Sentence

The nightclub is popular among jazz devotees. a group of religious devotees

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The options are equally repugnant, particularly because Robbins, a best-selling author and motivational speaker with hundreds of thousands of devotees, decided the anecdote was a defensible argument against the #MeToo movement. Heidi Stevens,, "Oh, Tony Robbins. Your story about attractive women not getting hired is truly pathetic.," 9 Apr. 2018 Royal devotees worldwide were clutching their pearls over what went down. Meagan Fredette,, "Trump Ends Tumultuous U.K. Visit With A Breach In Royal Protocol," 14 July 2018 My personal favorite is Ophillia, a religious devotee who sets off on an ancient pilgrimage through dangerous terrain. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 An Advil devotee for most of his life, Hawk turned to prescription painkillers. Jacob Feldman,, "How Does an Action Sports Superstar Age? Tony Hawk Is Figuring It Out on the Fly," 2 July 2018 Winner: Chechnya Special mention also goes to Chechnya, a Russian region headed by strongman and Putin-devotee Ramzan Kadyrov. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018 The brand relies on prickly pear — a succulent that’s said to have anti-inflammatory qualities — in all of its products, which is why Huxley devotees rave about the hydration benefits and general skin-soothing effects. The Editors, The Strategist, "Huxley (the Skin Care of Choice Among Korean Flight Attendants) Is 50 Percent Off," 27 June 2018 Scoutt Balchowsky is another longtime #vanlife devotee. Amanda M. Fairbanks, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van: Marin’s newest obsession," 9 May 2018 For some Marvel devotees, the movie will be a clever enough diversion in between the more main-event releases. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 'Ant-Man' sequel is a less-is-more triumph," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of devotee

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of devotee was in 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of devotee

: a person who enjoys or is interested in something very much

: a person who has very strong loyalty to a particular religion or religious figure

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