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DEVOTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does devotion mean? 

DEVOTION (noun)
  The noun DEVOTION has 4 senses:

1. feelings of ardent love
2. commitment to some purpose
3. religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
4. (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)

  Familiarity information: DEVOTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEVOTION (noun)


Sense 1devotion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feelings of ardent love

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

devotedness; devotion

Context example:

their devotion to each other was beautiful

Hypernyms ("devotion" is a kind of...):

love (a strong positive emotion of regard and affection)


Sense 2devotion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Commitment to some purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the devotion of his time and wealth to science

Hypernyms ("devotion" is a kind of...):

allegiance; commitment; dedication; loyalty (the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devotion"):

cultism (devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult)

hobbyism (a devotion to hobbies)

fetich; fetish (excessive or irrational devotion to some activity)

party spirit (devotion to a political party)


Sense 3devotion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Religious zeal; the willingness to serve God

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

idolatry; cultism; veneration; devotion

Hypernyms ("devotion" is a kind of...):

worship (the activity of worshipping)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devotion"):

place-worship; topolatry (the worship of places)

miracle-worship; thaumatolatry (the worship of miracles)

lordolatry (the worship of a lord because of his rank or title)

gynaeolatry; gyneolatry; woman-worship (the worship of women)

anthropolatry; worship of man (the worship of human beings)

symbol-worship; symbolatry; symbololatry (the worship of symbols)

grammatolatry; verbolatry; word-worship (the worship of words)

Bible-worship; bibliolatry (the worship of the Bible)


Sense 4devotion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he returned to his devotions

Hypernyms ("devotion" is a kind of...):

prayer; supplication (the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving))

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "devotion"):

bhakti ((Hinduism) loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and Nirvana; open to all persons independent of caste or sex)

novena (a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days)

Stations; Stations of the Cross ((Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary)


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