What does devotion mean?

Definitions for devotion
dɪˈvoʊ ʃənde·vo·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devotion, devotednessnoun

    feelings of ardent love

    "their devotion to each other was beautiful"

  2. devotionnoun

    commitment to some purpose

    "the devotion of his time and wealth to science"

  3. idolatry, devotion, veneration, cultismnoun

    religious zeal; the willingness to serve God

  4. devotionnoun

    (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)

    "he returned to his devotions"


  1. devotionnoun

    The act or state of devoting or being devoted

  2. devotionnoun

    Feelings of strong or fervent affection; dedication

  3. devotionnoun

    Religious veneration, zeal, or piety

  4. devotionnoun

    A prayer

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEVOTIONnoun

    Etymology: devotion, French; devotio, Latin.

    Mean time her warlike brother on the seas
    His waving streamers to the winds displays,
    And vows for his return, with vain devotion, pays. Dryd.

    Religious minds are inflamed with the love of publick devotion. Richard Hooker.

    For as I passed by and beheld your devotion, I found an altar with this inscription, To the unknown God. Acts xvii. 23.

    In vain doth man the name of just expect,
    If his devotions he to God neglect. John Denham.

    An aged holy man,
    That day and night said his devotion,
    No other worldly business did apply. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Your devotion has its opportunity: we must pray always, but chiefly at certain times. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Grateful to acknowledge whence his good
    Descends, thither with heart, and voice, and eyes
    Directed in devotion, to adore
    And worship God supreme, who made him chief
    Of all his works. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii. l. 514.

    From the full choir, when loud Hosanna’s rise,
    And swell the pomp of dreadful sacrifice;
    Amid’ that scene, if some relenting eye
    Glance on the stone where our cold reliques lie,
    Devotion ’s self shall steal a thought from heav’n,
    One human tear shall drop, and be forgiv’n. Alexander Pope.

    Devotion may be considered either as an exercise of publick or private prayers at set times and occasions, or as a temper of the mind, a state and disposition of the heart, which is rightly affected with such exercises. Law on Christ’s Perfection.

    Whither away so fast?
    —— No farther than the Tower; and, as I guess,
    Upon the like devotion as yourselves,
    To gratulate the gentle princes there. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Be opposite, all planets of good luck,
    To my proceedings, if, with pure heart’s love,
    Immaculate devotion, holy thoughts,
    I tender not thy beauteous princely daughter. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    He had a particular reverence for the person of the king, and the more extraordinary devotion for that of the prince, as he had had the honour to be trusted with his education. Clar.

    Arundel-castle would keep that rich corner of the country at his majesty’s devotion. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devotionnoun

    the act of devoting; consecration

  2. Devotionnoun

    the state of being devoted; addiction; eager inclination; strong attachment love or affection; zeal; especially, feelings toward God appropriately expressed by acts of worship; devoutness

  3. Devotionnoun

    act of devotedness or devoutness; manifestation of strong attachment; act of worship; prayer

  4. Devotionnoun

    disposal; power of disposal

  5. Devotionnoun

    a thing consecrated; an object of devotion


  1. Devotion

    Devotion is the eleventh studio album by Christian pop rock band Newsboys, released in November 2004. It is a follow-up album to the band's first worship-oriented project, Adoration. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Top Christian Albums chart, and at No. 56 on the Billboard 200 charts. Several Christian artists made guest appearances on the album, including Rebecca St. James, Bethel World Outreach Choir, Stuart Garrard of Delirious?, and Jon Ellis of Tree63. The album's artwork includes photography of the band by Jimmy Abegg on a valley floor next to the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge in Williamson County, Tennessee. Because of the bridge's unique design which eliminates any spandrel columns, the perspective on many of photographs leverages the non-blocked views of the scenery and sky on the far side of the bridge behind the band.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of devotion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of devotion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of devotion in a Sentence

  1. Eugene E. Brussell:

    A fanatic is one compelled to action by the need to find a strong meaning in life. The fanatic determines for himself what role he is to play in life, and his intense devotion to a cause is the means.

  2. Jane Austen:

    Everybody likes to go their own way - to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

  3. Tom Bunn:

    Any therapist can sign off on any kind of animal, science has proven that when dogs look at you with total devotion, it produces oxytocin, a hormone that shuts down the fear mechanism. The turkey, I don’t think so.

  4. The King:

    Her reign was unequaled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.

  5. Julia Hartz:

    Being an entrepreneur can be learned and that is exactly what I have done, you don’t have to be born with it, or have had the ‘lemonade stand.’ But, you do need to have the passion, devotion, conviction and sheer will and drive to make it happen.

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. lank
    • B. splay
    • C. irascible
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