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[dih-voh-shuh-nl] /dɪˈvoʊ ʃə nl/
characterized by devotion.
used in devotions:
devotional prayers.
Often, devotionals. a short religious service.
Origin of devotional
1640-50; devotion + -al1
Related forms
devotionality, devotionalness, noun
devotionally, adverb
nondevotional, adjective
nondevotionally, adverb
undevotional, adjective Unabridged
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  • Without doubt this is the real explanation of the devotional attitude displayed by Gudea in his statues.

    Mesopotamian Archaeology Percy S. P. Handcock
  • Every relationship has its devotional rituals and observances which are important to it.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
  • This is the language of devotional rapture common to the extremes of the religious world—Methodism and Roman Catholicism.

    Gifts of Genius Various
  • But his devotional poetry is, like that of others, unsatisfactory.

  • He rose at six or earlier and at once composed some devotional verse.

  • She was not of the devotional sort, where it seemed unlikely to be of practical service.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • But catch the horse we must, for we were bound to be at church, though jute then we did not feel at all devotional.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for devotional


relating to, characterized by, or conducive to devotion
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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