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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devotion  \De*vo"tion\,  n.  [F.  d['e]votion,  L.  devotio.] 
  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.''  --Hooker. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devotion 
  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" 




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