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Devotion, 1) strong affection, engrossing love: “the faithfullest offerings that e'er d. tendered,” Tw. V, 118. “in the d. of a subject's love,” R2 I, 1, 31. “it shows my d.” H4B V, 5, 19. “upon the like d. as yourselves, to gratulate the gentle princes,” R3 IV, 1, 9. “with pure heart's love, immaculate d.” IV, 4, 404. Ant. I, 1, 5. Leading over to the second signification: “to his image did I d.” Tw. III, 4, 397.
2) devoutness, piety: “camest thou here by chance, or of d., to this holy shrine?” H6B II, 1, 88. H6C II, 1, 164. IV, 6, 43. R3 III, 7, 103. Troil. IV, 4, 28. Rom. I, 5, 100. IV, 1, 41. Mcb. IV, 3, 94. Hml. III, 1, 47.
3) zeal: “he seeks their hate with greater d. than they can render it him,” Cor. II, 2, 21. “I have no great d. to the deed,” Oth. V, 1, 8.
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