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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.


  1. Devotion

    Devotion is a 1974 song by R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, which was written by Maurice White and Philip Bailey. It is included on the band's 1974 album, Open Our Eyes as well as their live 1975 album Gratitude. "Devotion" peaked at numbers 23 and 33 on the Billboard R&B and Pop Singles charts.


  1. devotion

    Devotion is characterized by profound dedication, loyalty, or commitment towards someone or something. It can often be associated with religious worship, admiration for a particular person or a strong passion for an activity. It involves showing a constant interest and engagement, often requiring time, attention, and effort. Devotion also embodies feelings of love and affection.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. devotionverb

    Completely an act of expressing such an indication of choice of action in a soul contract for completion. 1.) love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. Prayers, religious worship or observances. 'consecrate'

    Devotion is such as an act of discipline towards your personal chosen beliefs.

    Etymology: Purpose

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 18, 2024  

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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. Former President Trump:

    On this Memorial Day, we remember the fallen heroes who took their last breaths in defense of our Nation, our families, our citizens, and our sacred freedoms, the depth of their devotion, the steel of their resolve, and the purity of their patriotism has no equal in human history.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    That we may live to see England once more possess a free Monarchy and a privileged and prosperous People, is my Prayer; that these great consequences can only be brought about by the energy and devotion of our Youth is my persuasion. We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

  3. Michael Jerryson:

    If you can turn a battle into good versus evil, or doing God's will, you will get so much more devotion, it's a calling that invokes more than the mundane; it raises the stakes.

  4. John Tory:

    This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and belief. Toronto has proven that it is a basketball city and that the game thrives in The North.

  5. Charles Hicks:

    It is a remembrance of who Joann Christy was, and it is hard to separate the good that she did and her devotion to her Christian faith.

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