Definition of devotion in English:

devotion

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.

    ‘his devotion to duty never wavered’
    ‘she was the epitome of wifely devotion’
    • ‘They concentrated on his childhood, his professional success in the City, and his devotion as a son and brother.’
    • ‘Her earnest belief in devotion to duty and her command of French bring her an offer to join the intelligence service.’
    • ‘After years of devotion to perfecting his art, it is no wonder Jiggy takes his career to heart.’
    • ‘The virtue of a talented woman lies in her devotion to her studies, not her looks.’
    • ‘To achieve this, we will have to put an end to our single minded devotion to material pursuits.’
    • ‘But to do it requires strong devotion from the bottom of our heart and from the marrow of our bones.’
    • ‘The players all gather around a few microphones and let their skill and devotion to the music do the rest.’
    • ‘Mom gave her unconditional love and devotion to each and every one of her children.’
    • ‘I ditched my leather shoes and even, gulp, drank soy milk in my total devotion to her ideals.’
    • ‘His devotion to the only government job he ever wanted is not in doubt.’
    • ‘Their devotion, if extreme, is driven by one goal to reclaim their neighbourhood.’
    • ‘The author's research skills and his devotion to accuracy befit a serious academic monograph.’
    • ‘I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.’
    • ‘In our slavish devotion to pop culture, is there any hope of taming the monster of celebrity?’
    • ‘Others say his devotion to Korean farmers was so passionate that he would willingly have laid down his life for them.’
    • ‘They'd spot my fascination for Hollywood's formative years, and my devotion to the novel.’
    • ‘Only the British public, with our slavish devotion to high-street spending, hold the key.’
    • ‘His devotion to the cause was illustrated during the national team's ill-fated Far East tour.’
    • ‘He took care for her never to be left alone while he travelled, and in her last years he nursed her with great devotion.’
    • ‘It inspired a level of devotion from its fans that verged on the religious.’
    loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, trueness, staunchness, steadfastness, constancy, commitment, adherence, allegiance, dedication, devoutness
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    1. 1.1Religious worship or observance.
      ‘the order's aim was to live a life of devotion’
      • ‘Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion, while Raja yoga is the yoga of meditation.’
      • ‘Olympian fields were as much temples for religious devotion as sports complexes.’
      • ‘He habitually revealed that reverence for God which in Jewish devotion is the natural climax of true piety.’
      • ‘What is the role of ideological or religious devotion in terrorism and violence in general?’
      • ‘The Wesleys understood the use of hymns for popular devotion and instruction.’
      • ‘In some cases, these ideas evolve into a symbolically charged moment of private religious devotion.’
      • ‘We have lost this commitment to the delights of the Word of God, the joy of our devotion.’
      • ‘The clear implication here is that yoga can be a form of devotion, or worship.’
      • ‘So I could figure out that all religions were good and bringing the same type of devotion.’
      • ‘In between their hours of devotion they discussed Cicero, St Paul, and Neoplatonic themes.’
      • ‘They are all integral parts of church interiors and of the Orthodox liturgy and private devotion.’
      • ‘There were also new forms of devotion as well and they emerge as new forms of piety.’
      • ‘The exterior nature of the liturgy helps to kindle in us a strong interior faith and devotion.’
      • ‘In front of these symbols, we place offerings that are an expression of our devotion.’
      • ‘Much of Abu Hurayrah's time would be spent in spiritual exercises and devotion to Allah.’
      • ‘A prayer book which was offered symbolised our devotion and thanks to God for his goodness.’
      • ‘A canon of Seville Cathedral and renowned for his devotion and learning, Neve was a major patron of the artist.’
      • ‘They call it the wailing wall, but the only act of devotion on this west London street corner is to mammon not God.’
      • ‘Benigno is a nurse who tends to a young woman with an almost religious devotion.’
      • ‘He is one of the most popular objects of devotion and reverence in east Asian Buddhism.’
    2. 1.2Prayers or religious observances.
      ‘she went to her devotions’
      • ‘Personal devotions, meditations or prayer may refresh introverts.’
      • ‘These include three religious groups with special devotions, an ethnic association, and a musical society.’
      • ‘Not a single day passed that he didn't spend time in prayer and in private devotions with God.’
      • ‘We have breakfast in the dining hall but first we have our devotions, which are prayers to say thank you for our food.’
      • ‘Until his death, on November 16th, 1272, the King continued to rule and to conduct his customary religious devotions.’
      • ‘Clearly, the polylingual devotions and prayers associated with Elizabeth are not ‘hers,’ in the sense that their authorship is a given.’
      • ‘The image or icon of worship is a focus for our prayers and devotions.’
      • ‘After a day of prayer and devotions on Tuesday, the relics will return to Fairview church on Tuesday night.’
      • ‘Temple worship, rituals, sacraments as well as personal devotions create a communion with the devas and God.’
      • ‘In fact, it is so short that, in its Chinese translation, it is memorized by Chinese monks and nuns and recited daily as part of morning devotions.’
      • ‘In addition to the seven devotions, the CD has Scripture readings, prayers, hymns and church information.’
      • ‘Pious and private devotions more encouraged than scripture.’
      • ‘Susannah soon put a woman's touch to the hotel rooms, especially the sitting room where Spurgeon led morning devotions and the Lord's Supper on Sunday afternoons.’
      • ‘After only three years her natural frailty and the rigours of her ascetic devotions killed her.’
      • ‘In 1937 he settled at Le Vésinet on the outskirts of Paris and in his final years gave as much time to religious devotions as to painting.’
      • ‘Workshops and luncheons abound, but this conference also boasts prayer meetings, devotions and music showcases.’
      • ‘It had been an emotionally stressful week, and without her daily devotions and prayer time, she could definitely feel the difference.’
      • ‘Leading opening devotions, chairing the discussion, and leading closing prayer are rotated among committee members.’
      • ‘I quote an account of a compilation of ‘Celtic’ prayers and devotions, published in 1994.’
      • ‘There was Rosary in the church on Sunday evening and devotions including Evening Prayer was held on Tuesday.’

Origin

Middle English: from Latin devotio(n-), from devovere consecrate (see devote).

Pronunciation:

devotion

/dɪˈvəʊʃ(ə)n/