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[self-di-voh-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈvoʊ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
intense devotion of oneself to an activity or to a field or profession, as art or science.
devotion of oneself to the care or service of another or others; self-sacrifice:
Her self-devotion to her sick mother prevented her from finishing college.
Origin of self-devotion
First recorded in 1805-15
Related forms
self-devoted, adjective
self-devotedly, adverb
self-devotedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here was the self-devoted instrument, waiting to be employed.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • All the ardour of her nature was concentrated in this generous and self-devoted feeling.

  • The stain of cold indifference is lifted by these and other self-devoted soldiers who battle for the South.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • The self-devoted Louisianian loses from sight the little knot of dear ones on the wharf.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • The self-devoted victim was in an arm chair, hanging over on one side, his right cheek and ear torn almost off, and speechless.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II Georgiana Cavendish
  • It is positive now, the only help from the golden West will be the arrival of parties of self-devoted men like himself.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • The high, the generous, the self-devoted sect will always instruct and command mankind.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • She was a noble, self-devoted creature; as much above the comprehension of the rest of the world as her brother!'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The very weight of the desperate charge of this self-devoted man opened a breach in the line of spears.

    A Book of Golden Deeds Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Here he rose to the full height of his manly and self-devoted eloquence.

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