Syn. Holy; pure; religious; prayerful; pious; earnest; reverent; solemn; sincere.
1. A devotee. [Obs.] Sheldon.
2. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion. [Obs.] Milton.
1. Full of devotion. [R.]
2. Sacred. [R.]
To take her from austerer check of parents,Marston.
To make her his by most devoutful rights.
(De*vout"less), a. Destitute of devotion. De*vout"less*ly, adv. - - De*vout"less*ness,
1. In a devout and reverent manner; with devout emotions; piously.
Cast her fair eyes to heaven and prayed devoutly.Shak.
2. Sincerely; solemnly; earnestly.
'T is a consummationShak.
Devoutly to be wished.
(De*vout"ness), n. Quality or state of being devout.
(De*vove") v. t. [See Devote, v. t.] To devote. [Obs.] Cowley.
(De*vow") v. t. [F. dévouer, L. devovere. See Devote, v. t.]
1. To give up; to devote. [Obs.]
2. [Cf. OF. desvoer. Cf. Disavow.] To disavow; to disclaim. [Obs.] G. Fletcher.
(De*vul"gar*ize) v. t. To free from what is vulgar, common, or narrow.
Shakespeare and Plutarch's "Lives" are very devulgarizing books.E. A. Abbott.
(Dew) n. [AS. deáw; akin to D. dauw, G. thau, tau, Icel. dögg, Sw. dagg, Dan. dug; cf. Skr.
dhav, dhav, to flow. &radic72. Cf. Dag dew.]
1. Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night.
Her tears fell with the dews at even.Tennyson.
2. Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner. "The golden dew of sleep." Shak.