Definition for DE-VO'TION


  1. The state of being dedicated, consecrated, or solemnly set apart for a particular purpose.
  2. A solemn attention to the Supreme Being in worship; a yielding of the heart and affections to God, with reverence, faith and piety, in religious duties, particularly in prayer and meditation; devoutness.
  3. External worship; acts of religion; performance of religious duties. As I passed by and beheld your devotions. – Acts. xvii.
  4. Prayer to the Supreme Being. A Christian will be regular in his morning and evening devotions.
  5. An act of reverence, respect or ceremony. – Shak.
  6. Ardent love or affection; attachment manifested by constant attention; as, the duke was distinguished by his devotion to the king, and to the interest of the nation. – Clarendon.
  7. Earnestness; ardor; eagerness. He seeks their hate with greater devotion than they can render it him. – Shak.
  8. Disposal; power of disposing of; state of dependence. Arundel castle would keep that rich corner of the country at his majesty's devotion. – Clarendon.

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