- profound dedication; consecration.
- earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc.
- an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.: the devotion of one's wealth and time to scientific advancement.
- Often devotions. Ecclesiastical. religious observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use.
Origin of devotion
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Examples from the Web for devotion
Such warm expressions of devotion would come as news to Foer and Wieseltier.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
The level of devotion is more intense than one might find in Lake Forest, California.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?
November 21, 2014
In fact, our devotion to those ideals has only been strengthened by the selfless heroism we have seen.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Although extremely private, the couple has been particularly candid about their attraction and devotion to each other.Victoria and David Beckham Celebrate Their 15th Wedding Anniversary
July 3, 2014
A few years ago Patton met a French soldier who knew Gordon, and who confirmed the love and devotion she felt for her grandfather.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
The devotion to and concern for our institutions are deep and sincere.
They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.
The enemies of this faith know no god but force, no devotion but its use.
She was just eighteen, and Joe's devotion was very pleasant.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This they did as a recompense for our valour and devotion in our country's service.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- (often foll by to) strong attachment (to) or affection (for a cause, person, etc) marked by dedicated loyalty
- religious zeal; piety
- (often plural) religious observance or prayers
Word Origin and History for devotion
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.