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

Definition of devotional

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: 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 devotionally (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē , dē-​ \ adverb

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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 T-Series was originally established in the capital Delhi in 1983 by Gulshan Kumar and found early success releasing devotional music and top-selling Bollywood soundtracks. Nyay Bhushan, Billboard, "India's T-Series Becomes First YouTube Channel to Hit 100 Million Subscribers," 30 May 2019 Keeping with its religious nature, passengers on the train will be served only vegetarian food, while devotional music will be played on board regularly. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A Hindu god now has a reserved seat on an Indian Railways train," 16 Feb. 2020 Mass, sacraments and devotional activities will continue as scheduled for Catholics throughout the Indianapolis area. Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus Indiana updates: Indiana reports 3 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 15," 14 Mar. 2020 Goldstein has developed a heel's reputation for his devotional Lakers attendance without rooting for the Lakers. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Peculiar Life of the Man in the 'Big Lebowski' House: An NBA Superfan’s Wild L.A. Mansion," 12 Mar. 2020 Parental love is many things: devotional, magnificent, demented, myopic. Jessica Weisberg, The New Yorker, "Can Surrogacy Remake the World?," 11 Dec. 2019 Sunday Service Choir leader Jason White directed the choir and sometimes offered devotional introductions to the praise music. al, "Kanye West raps at Scott Dawson event in Pigeon Forge," 19 Jan. 2020 The filmmaking is devotional, ecstatic, distinct and moving, but the movie is nonetheless at least 40 minutes too long., "Capsule movie reviews, Dec. 29," 24 Dec. 2019 The devotional category, which includes the likes of Hindu religious text Bhagvad Gita and epics like Ramayan and Mahabharat are also hits. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s podcast buzz is now getting loud and clear," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And in 2018, the company removed a gay conversion therapy app from a religious group called Living Hope Ministries, which included anti-gay podcasts, articles and devotionals, following complaints from LGBTQ advocacy organizations. NBC News, "'God's Own Country' director recants Amazon boycott over censorship of gay sex scenes," 20 May 2020 Rice describes how he's been spending his time, starting with a daily devotional, Bible study and journaling, self-care habits that evolved out of a mental-health crisis that occurred five years ago. Nancy Kruh,, "Chase Rice Goes Deep with Message in New Music Video: 'Right Now Is All We've Got'," 14 May 2020 Some churches and religious organizations have posted prayer devotionals and other materials online. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Houses of worship in San Antonio find ways to celebrate Easter in the age of coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 Rogers used to deliver devotionals in the mess hall. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Homeless ministry serving meals at city parks, at least for now," 4 Apr. 2020 The 60-year-old attorney in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, read his Bible at a coffee shop, part of his daily devotional, after listening to part of the hearing Wednesday morning. Washington Post, "‘Bits and pieces’: Americans view impeachment on their terms," 14 Nov. 2019 One of our smartest, most inventive humor writers, Ortberg combines bathos and the devotional into a revelation. Jordy Rosenberg, New York Times, "The Masculine Mystique: A New Kind of Trans Memoir," 11 Feb. 2020 In one, an 85-year-old woman was burned alive while the mob outside chanted Jai Shri Ram, a Hindu devotional that has become a racist dog whistle against Muslims. Rana Ayyub, Time, "Narendra Modi Looks the Other Way as New Delhi Burns," 28 Feb. 2020 The 60-year-old attorney in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, read his Bible at a coffee shop, part of his daily devotional, after listening to part of the hearing Wednesday morning. Washington Post, "‘Bits and pieces’: Americans view impeachment on their terms," 14 Nov. 2019

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“Devotional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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: relating to or used in religious services

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