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devotional

[dih-voh-shuh-nl]
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adjective
  1. characterized by devotion.
  2. used in devotions: devotional prayers.
noun
  1. Often devotionals. a short religious service.

Origin of devotional

First recorded in 1640–50; devotion + -al1
Related formsde·vo·tion·al·i·ty, de·vo·tion·al·ness, nounde·vo·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·de·vo·tion·al, adjectivenon·de·vo·tion·al·ly, adverbun·de·vo·tion·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for devotional

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Historical Examples

  • To secure this effect, the devotional service must be an honest one.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • The Christianity of that time had devotional but not humanizing power.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • Yet they kept up their devotional exercises without any urging on my part.

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

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

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


British Dictionary definitions for devotional

devotional

adjective
  1. relating to, characterized by, or conducive to devotion
noun
  1. (often plural) a short religious or prayer service
Derived Formsdevotionality or devotionalness, noundevotionally, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper