Days of devotion. See under Day.

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 devotion.

(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 upon.

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.

3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses.

Longing they look, and gaping at the sight,
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.

5. A thing consecrated; an object of devotion. [R.]

Churches and altars, priests and all devotions,
Tumbled together into rude chaos.
Beau. & Fl.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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