Syn. Consecration; devoutness; religiousness; piety; attachment; devotedness; ardor; earnestness.
(De*vo"tion*al) a. [L. devotionalis.] Pertaining to, suited to, or used in, devotion; as, a devotional
posture; devotional exercises; a devotional frame of mind.
(De*vo"tion*al*ist, De*vo"tion*ist), n. One given to devotion, esp. to excessive formal
(De*vo`tion*al"i*ty) n. The practice of a devotionalist. A. H. Clough.
(De*vo"tion*al*ly) adv. In a devotional manner; toward devotion.
(||De*vo"to) n. [It.] A devotee. Dr. J. Scott.
(De*vo"tor) n. [L.] A worshiper; one given to devotion. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(De*vour") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Devouring.] [F. dévorer, fr. L. devorare;
de + vorare to eat greedily, swallow up. See Voracious.]
1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey
Some evil beast hath devoured him.Gen. xxxvii. 20.
2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to
use up; to waste; to annihilate.
Famine and pestilence shall devour him.Ezek. vii. 15.
I waste my life and do my days devour.Spenser.
3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses.
Longing they look, and gaping at the sight,Dryden.
Devour her o'er with vast delight.
Syn. To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate.
(De*vour"a*ble) a. That may be devoured.
(De*vour"er) n. One who, or that which, devours.
(De*vour"ing*ly), adv. In a devouring manner.
(De*vout") a. [OE. devot, devout, F. dévot, from L. devotus devoted, p. p. of devovere. See
Devote, v. t.]
1. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious.
A devout man, and one that feared God.Acts x. 2.
We must be constant and devout in the worship of God.Rogers.