devotee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n devotee an ardent follower and admirer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Devotee One who is wholly devoted; esp., one given wholly to religion; one who is superstitiously given to religious duties and ceremonies; a bigot. "While Father Le Blanc was very devout he was not a devotee ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n devotee One who is devoted or self-dedicated to a cause or practice; a votary; specifically, one given wholly to religious devotion; an extravagantly or superstitiously devout person.
    • n devotee Synonyms Zealot, enthusiast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Devotee one wholly or superstitiously devoted, esp. to religion: a fanatic
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. devovēre, devōtumde, a way, and vovēre, to vow.

Usage

In literature:

Not that she was guilty of the absurdities which marked many of the devotees of spiritualism.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The supporters, followers, and in a sense, devotees of Maceo and Gomez, were worthy of our aid.
"The Colored Regulars in the United States Army" by T. G. Steward
They communed with it, as devotees with their God.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
The smoking room, however, was crowded with devotees to the weed.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
Some of these latter were among its most distinguished devotees.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Devotee and learned man, 40.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
Then he remembered the high perches of the less-fashionable devotees.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
The first had answered her insistent question concerning the vexed condition of the devotees of prayer.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
But your devotee must have his amulet; is it not so?
"Sunrise" by William Black
There was also a bundle of dry rushes which some devotee had forgotten.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

It is not wisdom, wit, nor worth,
Self-sacrifice nor friendship true,
Makes venal devotees of earth
Prostrate themselves and worship you.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Yes, she a mournful devotee,
From scenes of busy strife shall flee;
To kneel beneath that cherish'd shrine,
Whose every offering is thine.
"Lines On Parting With----" by James Avis Bartley
It is not love, it is not worth,
Self—sacrifice, or yearnings true,
Make the dull devotees of earth
Prostrate themselves and worship you.
"In Sutton Woods" by Alfred Austin
Pale Freedom's devotees, whose creed
Was vengeance, who in silent trust
Prepared themselves to bear and bleed,
And bravely die — if die they must.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
The soldier takes pride in saluting his Captain,
The devotee proffers a knee to his Lord,
Some back a mare thrown from a thoroughbred,,
Troy backed its Helen; Troy died and adored;
Great nations blossom above;
A slave bows down to a slave.
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats
So must they haunt her marble portico,
The devotees of Paphos, passion-pale
As moonlight streaming through the stormy snow;
Dark eyes desirous of the stranger sail,
The gods shall bring across the Cyprian Sea,
With him elected to their mastery.
"The Paphian Venus" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Take a breath , Duncan devotees.
But many a wine devotee has benefited from wine region controls.
IBM Benchmark's initial online retail figures are in for Christmas Day , and even for mobile devotees they are a stunner.
Devotees know that Volume 2 ends in 1940, just short of Mr Churchill 's finest hours.
For about eight years, Luke Clausen of Spokane Valley, Washington, has been an unshakable devotee of REC Component 's Recoil Tip Top Guides.
Hindu devotees stand in waters of Sun Lake to offer prayers to Sun god during the Hindu religious festival "Chhat Puja" in Chandigarh.
Henry Ford was a devotee of elegant, simple solutions, and his magnum opus -- the Model T -- was full of them.
The Duke devotees can't have it both ways.
To many devotees of American literature, Jack Kerouac is the embodiment of poetry in motion.
If you're a farmers market devotee and it's wintertime, that's simply not doable.
Devotees holding candles offer prayers as they look at an image believed to be the Virgin Mary, unseen, which appears on a window of a hospital in Subang Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
Defending classical music against its devotees.
In this picture taken on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012, Buddhist devotees visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Coast Is Ours are enthusiastic devotees of the style pioneered by acts like the Movielife and pushed to the mainstream by Fall Out Boy and A Day To Remember.
It's a comeback that demonstrates the overwhelming force that Korean pop devotees wield online: fans were able to resuscitate Park 's career just as quickly as so-called "anti-fans" had killed it.
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