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[ded-i-key-shuh n]
  1. the act of dedicating.
  2. the state of being dedicated: Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.
  3. a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
  4. a personal, handwritten inscription in or on a work, as by an author to a friend.
  5. a ceremony marking the official completion or opening of a public building, institution, monument, etc.
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Origin of dedication

1350–1400; Middle English dedicacioun < Latin dēdicātiōn- (stem of dēdicātiō), equivalent to dēdicāt(us) (see dedicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsded·i·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·ded·i·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ded·i·ca·tion, nounpre·ded·i·ca·tion, nounre·ded·i·ca·tion, nounself-ded·i·ca·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-dedication

Historical Examples of 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.

  • But the self-dedication must be made at once, and it must be complete.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for self-dedication


  1. the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
  2. an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc, dedicating it to a person or thing
  3. complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc
  4. a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated
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Derived Formsdedicational, adjective
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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.

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