devotion

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.

DEFINITIONS OF: devotion

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n commitment to some purpose

“the devotion of his time and wealth to science”
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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
Type of:
allegiance, commitment, dedication, loyalty
the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

n feelings of ardent love

“their devotion to each other was beautiful”
Synonyms:
devotedness
Type of:
love
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

n religious zeal; the willingness to serve God

Synonyms:
cultism, idolatry, veneration
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Bible-worship, bibliolatry
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
lordolatry
the worship of a lord because of his rank or title
miracle-worship, thaumatolatry
the worship of miracles
place-worship, topolatry
the worship of places
Type of:
worship
the activity of worshipping

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

“he returned to his devotions
Types:
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
Type of:
prayer, supplication
the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)
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