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devotion

1. religious zeal; piety
2. religious observance or prayers
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He pleased her; his absolute devotion flattered her.
I turned my face away to conceal a smile I could not suppress: there was something ludicrous as well as painful in the little Parisienne's earnest and innate devotion to matters of dress.
The entrance to this ancient place of devotion was under a very low round arch, ornamented by several courses of that zig-zag moulding, resembling shark's teeth, which appears so often in the more ancient Saxon architecture.
Everybody likes to go their own way--to chuse their own time and manner of devotion.
Recall the leading lady's song with chorus of young men, all proffering devotion simultaneously in a neat row.
But if he only lives twenty-one days, he will find out that only those rare natures that are made up of pluck, endurance, devotion to duty for duty's sake, and invincible determination may hope to venture upon so tremendous an enterprise as the keeping of a journal and not sustain a shameful defeat.
On that day I always go to pay my devotions to the relics of Prince Nicholas Bolkonski.
If some of my pupils chose to walk and take me with them, it was well for me; for otherwise my position in the carriage was to be crushed into the corner farthest from the open window, and with my back to the horses: a position which invariably made me sick; and if I were not actually obliged to leave the church in the middle of the service, my devotions were disturbed with a feeling of languor and sickliness, and the tormenting fear of its becoming worse: and a depressing headache was generally my companion throughout the day, which would otherwise have been one of welcome rest, and holy, calm enjoyment.
Westmacott one morning, as they walked together down to the station, "I understand that this boy of yours in the intervals of paying his devotions to Miss Walker is doing something upon 'Change.
     That for devotions paid to Bacchus
He had, he said, but gone for a while that I might be the freer for my devotions.
Herbert's saint's bell rang to prayers, that they might also offer their devotions to God with him; and would then return back to their plough.