What It Means
Devotion means being dedicated or loyal, or expressing dedication or loyalty.
// The organizer's devotion to the cause of the fundraiser was greatly admired.
// The students' devotion of their time to the science project was not overlooked by their teacher.
devotion in Context
"Restaurant loyalties run deep. Look at the scads of eateries that have drawn devotion for decades in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, and environs." — Kathy Biehl, The Preston Hollow People (Dallas, Texas), 14 Sept. 2021
Did You Know?
Devotion and the verb devote come from the act of taking a vow (the Latin verb vovēre means "to vow"). Devote was once used as an adjective that could mean either "devout" or "devoted." While devout implies faithfulness of a religious nature ("a devout parishioner), devoted refers to one's commitment to another through love and loyalty ("a singer's devoted fans").
Test Your Vocabulary with M-W Quizzes
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