devotion

noun
de·​vo·​tion | \ di-ˈvō-shən How to pronounce devotion (audio) , dē-\

Definition of devotion

1a : religious fervor : piety
b : an act of prayer or private worship usually used in plural during his morning devotions
c : a religious exercise or practice other than the regular corporate (see corporate sense 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 energy
b : 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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Choose the Right Synonym for devotion

fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty, devotion, piety mean faithfulness to something to which one is bound by pledge or duty. fidelity implies strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. marital fidelity allegiance suggests an adherence like that of citizens to their country. pledging allegiance fealty implies a fidelity acknowledged by the individual and as compelling as a sworn vow. fealty to the truth loyalty implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray. valued the loyalty of his friends devotion stresses zeal and service amounting to self-dedication. a painter's devotion to her art piety stresses fidelity to obligations regarded as natural and fundamental. filial piety

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").

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.
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His success can be measured by the high regard other artists have of his work, his devotion to his craft and by the current solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Visual art: At 86, artist Richard Allen Morris still experimenting," 15 Sep. 2019 Their steadfast devotion and unshakable bond served as the cornerstone of our family for years to come. courant.com, "Melvin Katzman," 15 Sep. 2019 Your intense devotion to a project or a creative idea can be diverted to giving affection to your special someone. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 13, 2019: Cancer, spontaneity could add spice; Libra, divert your attention to those you love," 13 Sep. 2019 His single-minded devotion to the science of hitting is unerring and he is headed for another season with 40 home runs and 100-plus RBIs. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Pending free agency: One can only wonder how much it has affected Red Sox this season," 8 Sep. 2019 Soon Jojo must reconcile his devotion to Hitler with his growing friendship with Elsa. Glenn Whipp, chicagotribune.com, "Taika Waititi didn’t want ‘Jojo Rabbit’ to be a sad Holocaust film. So he added Adolf Hitler," 6 Sep. 2019 In this era of post-post-everything, her sincere devotion to the pop project makes her a gutsy, somewhat daring figure. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Normani and the Work of the Pop Princess," 1 Sep. 2019 Soon Jojo must reconcile his devotion to Hitler with his growing friendship with Elsa. Los Angeles Times, "Taika Waititi didn’t want ‘Jojo Rabbit’ to be a sad Holocaust film. So he added Adolf Hitler," 29 Aug. 2019 Justin will be remembered for being our sweet baby boy & little brother, his love of gaming and his devotion to his friends and family. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/21," 21 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'devotion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of devotion

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for devotion

see devote

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devotion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of devotion

: a feeling of strong love or loyalty : the quality of being devoted
: the use of time, money, energy, etc., for a particular purpose
: prayer, worship, or other religious activities that are done in private rather than in a religious service

devotion

noun
de·​vo·​tion | \ di-ˈvō-shən How to pronounce devotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of devotion

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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