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devotion

[dih-voh-shuh n]
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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.
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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 formspre·de·vo·tion, nounsu·per·de·vo·tion, noun

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2. zeal, ardor. See love.
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devotion

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 plural) religious observance or prayers
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Word Origin and History for 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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