Definition of devotion
1a : religious fervor : pietyb : an act of prayer or private worship —usually used in plural during his morning devotionsc : a religious exercise or practice other than the regular corporate (see corporate 2) worship of a congregation
2a : the act of dedicating something to a cause, enterprise, or activity : the act of devoting the devotion of a great deal of time and energyb : the fact or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal her devotion to the cause filial devotion
3 obsolete : the object of one's devotion
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Examples of devotion in a Sentence
She has cared for the poor with selfless devotion.
The devotion they felt for each other was obvious.
The project will require the devotion of a great deal of time and money.
They spend an hour each morning at their devotions.
Recent Examples of devotion from the Web
During daily devotion, Staten recalled, the boys were always eager to share their favorite Bible verses.
In each case, the brothers followed a similar arc: devotion followed by rapid disillusionment and a dramatic rupture.
Thatcher’s pragmatism can also be seen in her devotion to diplomacy.
Burnley and Browning understand people's devotion to their pets, and own dogs themselves.
Good food, not religious devotion, was foremost on the chef’s mind when his Mid-course Hospitality Group partnered with businessmen Avi Heyman and Daniel Uretsky.
The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Yuill earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Citation.
But the glint wore off starting around the fallout from a War of the Worlds press tour, which exposed his occasional maniacal behavior and devotion to Scientology.
Sinnott-Snooks said that devotion was instilled by the Italian family's patriarch, Guy DeMicco.
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devotion Has Latin Roots
When we take a vow, we pledge our devotion—whether to remain true to a partner, to uphold the law, or to honor the word of God. It should be no surprise then that devotion and its related verb devote come from the act of taking a vow. Both words originate from Latin devotus, which is the past participle of devovēre, a union of the prefix de- ("from") and the verb vovēre ("to vow"). Devote was once used as an adjective that could mean either "devout" or "devoted." While devout often connotes faithfulness of a religious nature, the adjective devoted conveys the sense of one's commitment to another through love and loyalty ("a devoted husband and father"; "the singer's devoted fans").
Synonym Discussion of devotion
DEVOTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of devotion for English Language Learners
: a feeling of strong love or loyalty : the quality of being devoted
: the use of time, money, energy, etc., for a particular purpose
devotions : prayer, worship, or other religious activities that are done in private rather than in a religious service
DEVOTION Defined for Kids
Definition of devotion for Students
1 : deep love or loyalty
2 : an act of giving (as effort or time) to something His devotion of many hours of work was rewarded.
3 : a religious exercise or practice (as prayers) especially that is private
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