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devotional

[dih-voh-shuh-nl] /dɪˈvoʊ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
characterized by devotion.
2.
used in devotions:
devotional prayers.
noun
3.
Often, devotionals. a short religious service.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; devotion + -al1
Related forms
devotionality, devotionalness, noun
devotionally, adverb
nondevotional, adjective
nondevotionally, adverb
undevotional, adjective
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Examples for devotional
  • The morning sound of devotional singing is followed by the rush of water.
  • He composed missives with a devotional purposiveness.
  • Candle burn marks on the frame, which is original, testify to the picture's use as a private devotional image.
  • She has also written for magazines, newspapers, and devotional books.
  • Portraits were often included in devotional works, in which donors were depicted as witnessing a sacred scene.
  • The artist was surprised to see the painting hanging above a devotional table.
British Dictionary definitions for devotional

devotional

/dɪˈvəʊʃənəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, characterized by, or conducive to devotion
noun
2.
(often pl) a short religious or prayer service
Derived Forms
devotionality, devotionalness, noun
devotionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for devotional
adj.

1640s; see devotion + -al (1). The noun meaning "devotional composition" is recorded from 1650s.

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