de·​vo·​tion·​al | \ di-ˈvō-shnəl How to pronounce devotional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl, dē- \

Definition of devotional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characterized by devotion devotional literature



Definition of devotional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short worship service

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devotionally \ di-​ˈvō-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce devotional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē , dē-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for devotional

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of devotional in a Sentence

Adjective a religious bookstore with an extensive stock of devotional literature
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Training her kids in the word of God through daily devotional readings and church. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 3 May 2022 There was perhaps no American pianist more steeped in the sonatas, or more prepared to take on the next logical feat of devotional derring-do: performing all 32 of them live in a nine-month period. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Closer, hundreds of prairie dogs chirped and scattered, popping out of underground tunnels and scratching at the earth with furious, devotional intensity. Suzannah Showler, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Desai said roughly 100 Hindu families celebrate Diwali, a daylong celebration where families gather in the morning, visit a Hindu temple at midday and spend the afternoon together in devotional singing with a grand feast. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 18 Apr. 2022 Regional and devotional music has also gained momentum and will continue growing further. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Mar. 2022 The top pages lean toward politics, but the list includes pages on a broad mix of other subjects too: animals, daily motivation, Christian devotional content, cooking and crafts, and of course news, sports, and entertainment. Matthew Hindman, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 The prolific voice behind Indian film and devotional songs had been battling a Covid-19 infection since early January in the ICU of Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, Times of India reports. Rolling Stone India, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2022 Matt Page’s graphic novels are a really interesting mix of everyday devotional sincerity with wild, creative imagery. Tamarra Kemsley, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 97-year-old church leader’s remarks came during a worldwide devotional for Latter-day Saints ages 18 to 30 and livestreamed from the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 That evening, from 6 to 7:30, the group will continue the celebration in words and song with a devotional at the Tabernacle on downtown Salt Lake City’s Temple Square. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 One, In-N-Out, has stayed in the family since the first one opened, in Baldwin Park in 1948, and the loyalty of its customers and workers approaches the devotional. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The First Presidency’s annual Christmas devotional, featuring Christmas messages from top church leaders and music by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 The devotional included lively sermons and music by the famed Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 This novel is a paean to slasher films, a devotional about an acolyte written by an obsessive. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 This extremely intelligent devotional on the absolute freedom and joy of embracing one’s inner bimbo. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 27 May 2021 Michalyn Steele, who teaches law at BYU and is Native American, was the most recent individual of color before Gabriel to give a devotional at the school. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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1648, in the meaning defined above


1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Devotional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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