devotion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n devotion (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently) "he returned to his devotions"
    • n devotion religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
    • n devotion commitment to some purpose "the devotion of his time and wealth to science"
    • n devotion feelings of ardent love "their devotion to each other was beautiful"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and posessions.
    • Devotion A thing consecrated; an object of devotion. "Churches and altars, priests and all devotions ,
      Tumbled together into rude chaos."
    • Devotion Act of devotedness or devoutness; manifestation of strong attachment; act of worship; prayer. "The love of public devotion ."
    • Devotion Disposal; power of disposal. "They are entirely at our devotion , and may be turned backward and forward, as we please."
    • Devotion The act of devoting; consecration.
    • Devotion 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. "Genius animated by a fervent spirit of devotion ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
    • n devotion The act of devoting; a definitive setting apart, appropriating, or consecrating: as, the devotion of one's means to a certain purpose; the devotion of one's life to the service of God.
    • n devotion The state of being devoted. Application to or observance of religious duties and practices; especially, earnestness in acts of worship; devoutness.
    • n devotion Earnest and faithful service arising from love, friendship, patriotism, etc.; enthusiastic manifestation of attachment.
    • n devotion Close attention or application in general: as, his devotion to this pursuit impaired his health.
    • n devotion An act of worship; a religious exercise. Practice of prayer and praise: now generally in the plural.
    • n devotion Alms given as an act of worship; offerings made at divine service.
    • n devotion Something consecrated; an object of devotion.
    • n devotion Power of devoting or applying to use; disposal; bidding.
    • n devotion Synonyms Consecration, dedication, devotedness.
    • n devotion Piety, Godliness, etc. (See religion.)
    • n devotion Attachment, Affection, etc. (see love), zeal, fidelity, constancy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to the poor in India, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
    • Devotion consecration: giving up of the mind to the worship of God: piety: prayer: strong affection or attachment: ardour: :
    • Devotion (pl.) prayers
    • Devotion (obs.) religious offerings: alms
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.”
  • Charlotte Saunders Cushman
    Charlotte Saunders Cushman
    “Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.”
  • James Allen
    James%20Allen
    “Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Unionism, seldom if ever, uses such powers as it has to ensure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguard bad work.”
  • Jean Baptiste Bernadotte
    Jean Baptiste Bernadotte
    “A Republican by principle and devotion, I will, until my death, oppose all Royalists and all enemies of my Government and the Republic.”
  • Edward N. Hurley
    Edward N. Hurley
    “If we devote our time disparaging the products of our business rivals, we hurt business generally, reduce confidence, and increase discontent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dévotion, L. devotio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. devovēre, devōtumde, a way, and vovēre, to vow.

Usage

In literature:

Lamartine now loved a young woman devotedly, but she died, to his excessive grief.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
Then Debendra, as a devoted worshipper, sat down to perform the rites.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
During our stay he was always with us, a devoted attendant and servant.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
The good man then devoted his unlooked-for fortune to philanthropies in concert with Judge Popinot.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
She was inclined to measure the extent of his devotion by that test.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
For the former, a small portion should be selected from the more practical and devotional parts of the Bible.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
He changed devotion to kings into devotion to his country.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Every minute was spent in promoting happiness by devotion, recreation or charity.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
Its origin and age bestow on this devotion a great dignity.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
Mrs. Liddell sent no glance in his direction; she again devoted her attention to Kirby.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
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In poetry:

One thought, all other thoughts above,
Shall guide me wheresoe'er I rove,
Shall all my soul's devotion move,
The blessed thought that "God is Love!"
"God Is Love" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Second Jew.
May He, to whose blest use they were devoted,
Preserve them from pollution; and once more,
In his own gracious time, restore the temple!
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
For Thou, though great, art gracious, Lord!
And when Devotion tunes her song,
The hallowed thought, the humble word,
To Thee upsoar, to Thee belong.
"Humble Worship" by John Bowring
'Tis he who treads in virtue's ways,
'Tis he who does what's just and right,
'Tis he whom falsehood ne'er betrays—
Truth his devotion and delight.
"Virtue its own Reward" by John Bowring
Oh, since you have sought me, Lord, for this,
And given your only child to me,
My life devoted to yours and his,
Whilst I am living, will always be.
"Lalila, To The Ferengi Lover" by Laurence Hope
"To pray? Oh yes, and on his knees
May-hap to find a lovely being:
Devotions so devout as these
Are best at night, with no one seeing,
Among the trees."
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

But then, not every cat owner is as devoted as Barry Simowitz was to Wanda June, the brown- and-white beauty with whom he shared the last five years.
The whole show was devoted to cooking with it.
GERMAN prince of the 18th century devotes his life to the creation of imaginary cities.
The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday fired up so many readers about the upcoming Nov 6 presidential election that we devoted most of the page to their letters today.
She loved being an educator and was a devoted Christian.
It is entirely devoted to putting people to work.
For many of the best of them, it takes a sacrificial devotion to the church to pass up the riches offered by the popular music business.
The group's goal, according to its website, “is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to her immaculate heart.”.
Former South Kitsap soccer coach Eric Bergeson left coaching last season to devote more time to his teaching duties and his family.
In the early 1860s, Hermann von Helmholtz, one of the founders of psychology, briefly devoted himself to understanding the perception of sound and music.
If you are devoted enough, do-it-yourself alcohol won't break the bank.
He said over the last 10 years, he has devoted his time to hypnosis and using it to help people better themselves.
Details of faces—7th century fresco devotional fresco (The Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology).
A popular blog devoted to photographic lighting tips.
Faster Loading and Less CPU and Memory Usage In this latest version of TaskPower we devoted a majority of our development time in optimizing the code to enhance performance.
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In science:

Section 4 devotes to determining all modules of the intermediate series over the generalized Virasoro algebras, see Theorem 4.6.
Generalized Virasoro and Super-Virasoro Algebras and Modules of the Intermediate Series
He is devoted to his students, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is truly a pleasure to work with.
Random Surfaces
The remainder of this section is devoted to the proof of Theorem 8.6.1 and the definition of the cluster swapping map R required by the theorem.
Random Surfaces
This section is devoted to the exceptional case that E = Z, u ∈ U , and every minimal gradient phase of slope u is smooth.
Random Surfaces
Section III is devoted to the RPA excitations, introducing the quasiboson approximation and discussing the RPA spurious mode connected with a global rotation when the electrons are localized in 2-, 6- and 12-electron dots.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
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