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devotion

[dih-voh-shuh n] /dɪˈvoʊ ʃən/
noun
1.
profound dedication; consecration.
2.
earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc.
3.
an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.:
the devotion of one's wealth and time to scientific advancement.
4.
Often, devotions. Ecclesiastical. religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use.
Origin
1150-1200
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
Synonyms
2. zeal, ardor. See love.
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British Dictionary definitions for devotions

devotion

/dɪˈvəʊʃən/
noun
1.
(often foll by to) strong attachment (to) or affection (for a cause, person, etc) marked by dedicated loyalty
2.
religious zeal; piety
3.
(often pl) religious observance or prayers
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Word Origin and History for devotions

devotion

n.

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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