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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEVOTION

The devotion to and concern for our institutions are deep and sincere.

They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.

The enemies of this faith know no god but force, no devotion but its use.

She was just eighteen, and Joe's devotion was very pleasant.

This they did as a recompense for our valour and devotion in our country's service.

Earnestness and devotion are the chief characteristics of those pastors.

There was no doubt that if he chose, he could still hold a woman's devotion.

If, after all, my devotion to the father should wrong the children!

Yet your lordship's devotion to it is, perhaps, as great now as ever?

So, to-morrow I shall be at your devotion from day-light to day-light; nor will I be at home to any body.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French devocion "devotion, piety," from Latin devotionem (nominative devotio), noun of action from past participle stem of devovere "dedicate by a vow, sacrifice oneself, promise solemnly," from de- "down, away" (see de-) + vovere "to vow," from votum "vow" (see vow).

In ancient Latin, "act of consecrating by a vow," also "loyalty, fealty, allegiance;" in Church Latin, "devotion to God, piety." This was the original sense in English; the etymological sense, including secular situations, returned 16c. via Italian and French.

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