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[self-di-voh-shuh n, self-]
  1. intense devotion of oneself to an activity or to a field or profession, as art or science.
  2. 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.
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Origin of self-devotion

First recorded in 1805–15
Related formsself-de·vot·ed, adjectiveself-de·vot·ed·ly, adverbself-de·vot·ed·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-devoted

Historical Examples of self-devoted

  • Here was the self-devoted instrument, waiting to be employed.

    Heart and Science

    Wilkie Collins

  • Nothing is more striking or more admirable than the self-devoted apostleship of the earlier period.

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

  • The self-devoted Louisianian loses from sight the little knot of dear ones on the wharf.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • 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