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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
First recorded in 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
  • But his devotional poetry is, like that of others, unsatisfactory.

  • This is the language of devotional rapture common to the extremes of the religious world—Methodism and Roman Catholicism.

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

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • He rose at six or earlier and at once composed some devotional verse.

  • He must have the opportunity of expressing the devotional attitude in worship.

  • 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
  • Every relationship has its devotional rituals and observances which are important to it.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
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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