[ self-di-voh-shuhn, 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.

Origin of self-devotion

First recorded in 1805–15

Other words from self-devotion

  • self-de·vot·ed, adjective
  • self-de·vot·ed·ly, adverb
  • self-de·vot·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby self-devotion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-devotion in a sentence

  • The Church has always and in all circumstances encouraged such practical acts of self-devotion.

    The Makers of Modern Rome | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant