[self-di-voh-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈvoʊ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
intense devotion of oneself to an activity or to a field or profession, as art or science.
devotion of oneself to the care or service of another or others; self-sacrifice:
Her self-devotion to her sick mother prevented her from finishing college.


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