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devotion

1. religious zeal; piety
2. religious observance or prayers
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As Ptolemy Philopater testified of the African elephant, I then testified of the whale, pronouncing him the most devout of all beings.
It might seem singular that Nancy--with her religious theory pieced together out of narrow social traditions, fragments of church doctrine imperfectly understood, and girlish reasonings on her small experience--should have arrived by herself at a way of thinking so nearly akin to that of many devout people, whose beliefs are held in the shape of a system quite remote from her knowledge--singular, if we did not know that human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barriers of system.
Neither divine allowed himself to be conquered, and though the fond mother hoped that her youngest and favourite son would be reconciled to her church--his mother church--a sad and awful disappointment awaited the devout lady--a disappointment which seemed to be a judgement upon her for the sin of her marriage.
But Sir James Chettam was no longer the diffident and acquiescent suitor: he was the anxious brother-in-law, with a devout admiration for his sister, but with a constant alarm lest she should fall under some new illusion almost as bad as marrying Casaubon.
Yet, as I listened, I felt inclined to think the man was sincere in all he said: he must have changed his views, and become decidedly religious, gloomy and austere, yet still devout.
This public exhibition of the tulip was an act of adoration rendered by an entire nation, unlettered and unrefined, to the refinement and culture of its illustrious and devout leaders, whose blood had stained the foul pavement of the Buytenhof, reserving the right at a future day to inscribe the names of its victims upon the highest stone of the Dutch Pantheon.
As a non-observant Jew I was always skeptical towards the claim of my more devout kin-folk that the Temple Mount was the key to the maintenance of Jewish sovereignty over Israel.
Those who ordered the cake from Ashers Baking Company knew they were devout Christians and would have difficulty baking it.
NNA - Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi categorically underlined the paramount importance that the devout remains steadfast to our holy land, saying that everything alters in life, including regime and states, except earth and faith.
This remarkable debut from Hurley tells the chilling story of a small parish of devout Catholics and their priest as they make their yearly pilgrimage The Loney, an isolated patch of land along the English coastline.
Although there were and still are controversies about the boundaries of that ban, most devout Muslims consider dealing with any kind of interest based instrument as against the wishes of God.
Devout Hindu devotees chanted the name of Lord Shiva as they left for the base camp from Jammu.