[self-di-voh-shuh n, self-]
- 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.
Origin of self-devotion
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for self-devotion
In the great democracy of self-devotion private and general stand side by side.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
Then patriotism is eloquent; then self-devotion is eloquent.English: Composition and Literature
W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Holy Missioners, what recompense is reserved for your self-devotion?
I admire your heroism and self-devotion with all my heart, but alas!The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
It very often happens like that when self-devotion is carried too far.Miss Marjoribanks
Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
We have self-devotion in a cause, and an end to achieve which is not a selfish one.Dracula