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de·​vo·​tion·​al di-ˈvō-shnəl How to pronounce devotional (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by devotion
devotional literature
di-ˈvō-shnə-lē How to pronounce devotional (audio)


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: a short worship service

Examples of devotional in a Sentence

Adjective a religious bookstore with an extensive stock of devotional literature
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Transcending religious lines Kabir is one of the most prominent writers associated with the bhakti movement, a devotional movement that flourished in northern India from the 13th century to the 17th century. Kalpana Jain, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 But four minutes in, the synth surges to the front, and then again a few minutes later, cresting in an ecstatic dirge reminiscent of Coltrane’s great devotional music. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 At Madonna’s Celebration tour, which opened in London last weekend, the crowd’s costumes were decidedly more muted, but no less devotional. Shaad D’souza, Pitchfork, 18 Oct. 2023 His new book of devotional readings, On Earth as in Heaven, is to be published in March 2022 by HarperOne. TIME, 20 Oct. 2023 For all of its devotional moments, Javelin is also riddled with emotional contradictions. Leah Lu, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2023 So in 2018, Jakes Roberts started Woman Evolve, which has become a women’s empowerment brand with a podcast, weekly devotional newsletter and book club. Joy Ashford, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 In life, Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster was known to her fellow nuns for her devotional poetry, her sense of humor and her fierce piety. Ruth Graham,, 9 Sep. 2023 The current Catholic-core is more explicit in its appropriation of devotional signifiers, complete with palm rosaries and vintage altarpieces. Sofia Andrade, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023
We Were Made For, a devotional that unlike many out there, is completely focused on centering God as opposed to centering the reader. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 4 Oct. 2023 The devotional is meant to be a resource to push readers to dig deeper into the text on their own. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 4 Oct. 2023 Her mother had read devotionals to the couple there. Sadiba Hasan, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 The illustration referenced by Clarke is typical of personalized devotional and prayer books at the time. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 The Christian publishing world is chock-full of devotionals, collections of daily spiritual texts that sell at a modest, regular pace through gift shops and church bookstores. Clay Risen, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Megan Poirier, 24, a lesbian ex-ICOC member who was raised in ICOC churches in Boston and for a few years in Texas, first saw Hammond speak at a Friday night teen devotional outside of Boston almost a decade ago. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 3 Aug. 2023 Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and there will be a special pre-show party at 4:15 p.m. and an early entry and devotional at 5:30 p.m. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2023 Events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a devotional by Gail Miller, former owner of the Utah Jazz, starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday-Monday, July 19-24 Utah Days of ‘47 Rodeo • Five days of rodeo events (no events on Sunday, July 23), with gold, silver and bronze medals going to the top riders. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1648, in the meaning defined above


1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of devotional was in 1648

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“Devotional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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