- the act of dedicating.
- the state of being dedicated: Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.
- a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
- a personal, handwritten inscription in or on a work, as by an author to a friend.
- a ceremony marking the official completion or opening of a public building, institution, monument, etc.
Origin of dedication
Examples from the Web for self-dedication
The language in question may be considered as expressive of self-dedication.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Every sacrifice contemplated in this self-dedication had to be made.The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. I. (of II)
Moncure Daniel Conway
But the self-dedication must be made at once, and it must be complete.Sermons
J. B. Lightfoot
It has been very common to allege this as a reason for the self-dedication of nuns: and it is always a handy missile to throw.The Makers of Modern Rome
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
We may produce, however, a striking document of self-dedication which belongs to this period.
- the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
- an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc, dedicating it to a person or thing
- complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc
- a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated
Word Origin and History for self-dedication
late 14c., "action of dedicating," from Old French dedicacion (14c., Modern French dédication) "consecration of a church or chapel," or directly from Latin dedicationem, noun of action from dedicare (see dedicate). Meaning "the giving of oneself to some purpose" is c.1600; as an inscription in a book, etc., from 1590s.