devotio moderna

Encyclopedia

devotio moderna

religious movement within Roman Catholicism from the end of the 14th to the 16th century stressing meditation and the inner life, attaching little importance to ritual and external works, and downgrading the highly speculative spirituality of the 13th and 14th centuries. Devotio moderna (Latin: "modern devotion") originated in the Netherlands and spread to Germany, northern France, Spain, and possibly Italy. Gerhard Groote, father of the movement, founded the Brethren of the Common Life; after his death, disciples established a house of Augustinian Canons at Windesheim (near Zwolle, Holland). These two communities-the former living in the world, the latter monastic-became the principal exponents of devotio moderna. The Imitation of Christ, traditionally attributed to Thomas a Kempis, is a classic expression of the movement

Learn more about devotio moderna with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: devotee
Next Definition: devotion
Words Near: devotio moderna
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for devotio moderna
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing devotio moderna
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature