[ 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.


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Origin of self-devotion

First recorded in 1805–15

OTHER WORDS FROM self-devotion

self-de·vot·ed, adjectiveself-de·vot·ed·ly, adverbself-de·vot·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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