de·vo·tion /dɪˈvoʃən, di-/
1. The act of devoting; consecration.
2. 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. --Macaulay.
3. Act of devotedness or devoutness; manifestation of strong attachment; act of worship; prayer. “The love of public devotion.”
4. Disposal; power of disposal. [Obs.]
They are entirely at our devotion, and may be turned backward and forward, as we please. --Godwin.
5. A thing consecrated; an object of devotion. [R.]
Churches and altars, priests and all devotions,
Tumbled together into rude chaos. --Beau. & Fl.
Days of devotion. See under Day.
Syn: -- Consecration; devoutness; religiousness; piety; attachment; devotedness; ardor; earnestness.
n 1: feelings of ardent love; "their devotion to each other was
beautiful" [syn: devotedness]
2: commitment to some purpose; "the devotion of his time and
wealth to science"
3: religious zeal; willingness to serve God [syn: idolatry, veneration,
4: (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually
spoken silently); "he returned to his devotions"