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[dih-voh-shuh n] /dɪˈvoʊ ʃən/
profound dedication; consecration.
earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc.
an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.:
the devotion of one's wealth and time to scientific advancement.
Often, devotions. Ecclesiastical. religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use.
Origin of devotion
1150-1200; Middle English devocioun (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dēvōtiōn- (stem of dēvōtiō), equivalent to Latin dēvōt(us) (see devote) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
predevotion, noun
superdevotion, noun
2. zeal, ardor. See love. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for devotion
  • The successful candidate in this position must demonstrate devotion to student excellence in postsecondary education.
  • Joseph's intercession is not a superstitious act, but a devotional one.
  • In a test of endurance and devotion, they have spent the night on the glaciers that still cling to the rocks above the valley.
  • The devotion of his acolytes has grown proportionally: Some teachers have made the daily entries required reading.
  • That devotion is especially common in readers of fiction, and it is especially strong among readers of the great Victorian novels.
  • Yet my devotion has not diminished.
  • They also spend a significant amount of time in prayer and devotion.
  • It was an intense lesson in devotion for the actress.
  • But he was not simply a stiff-necked work-horse, capable of devotion only to his ideas.
  • This casts doubt on the sincerity of the new regime's professed devotion to democracy and human rights.
British Dictionary definitions for devotion


(often foll by to) strong attachment (to) or affection (for a cause, person, etc) marked by dedicated loyalty
religious zeal; piety
(often pl) religious observance or prayers
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Word Origin and History for devotion

early 13c., from Old French devocion "devotion, piety," from Latin devotionem (nominative devotio), noun of action from past participle stem of devovere "dedicate by a vow, sacrifice oneself, promise solemnly," from de- "down, away" (see de-) + vovere "to vow," from votum "vow" (see vow).

In ancient Latin, "act of consecrating by a vow," also "loyalty, fealty, allegiance;" in Church Latin, "devotion to God, piety." This was the original sense in English; the etymological sense, including secular situations, returned 16c. via Italian and French.

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