If you feel loyal and loving toward someone or something, that's devotion. If your devotion to your pet hamster truly knows no limits, you might splurge on a solid-gold hamster wheel.
Devotion also means a commitment or dedication to some purpose. Your devotion recycling is noble, but can you wait until I've read the newspaper? The plural noun devotions can have a religious meaning too, meaning prayers offered to God. You heard the minister was hired for his devotion to God, but the fact that he fell asleep during devotions made you wonder.
n commitment to some purpose
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devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
a devotion to hobbies
excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
devotion to a political party
n religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
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the worship of the Bible
grammatolatry, verbolatry, word-worship
the worship of words
symbol-worship, symbolatry, symbololatry
the worship of symbols
anthropolatry, worship of man
the worship of human beings
gynaeolatry, gyneolatry, woman-worship
the worship of women
the worship of a lord because of his rank or title
the worship of miracles
the worship of places
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the activity of worshipping
n (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)
(Hinduism) loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and nirvana; open to all persons independent of caste or sex
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