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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Devot(e, Devoit, a. Also: dewot(e, dewoit; diuot, divoit. [ME. devote, devot (a 1225), OF. devot, L. dēvōtus.]

1. Devout, pious: a. Of persons.(a) a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 42 (devot men). Ib. v. 30 (thai fel dewot to sancte Ionis fet). c1420 Wynt. vii. 1210 (a mwnk devote). c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 50/25 (symple and devot peple). 1511 Reg. Privy S. I. 345/1 (our devote oratour). 1513 Doug. iii. vi. 21 (al devote godly wightis). 1531 Bell. Boece II. 73 (mair religious and devot). 1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 394 (deuote doctouris in diuinitie). 1549 Compl. 4/33 (the deuot kyng, Numa Pompilius). 1596 Dalr. I. 242 m. (deuot and haiy men). Ib. 248/12 (a haly and devote preist). 1629 Mure I. 229 (they must seme devote).(b) a1500 Bk. Chess 842 (of clene lyf and richt devoit to be). 1531 Bell. Boece I. 194 (certane devoit and religius personis). 1538 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 24 (our dewoit oratrice). 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 4 (devoit of hering of mes). 1622-6 Bisset II. 109/27 (mony devoit personis).

b. Of disposition, prayer, actions, etc.(a) a1400 Leg. S. i. 492 (with dewot will). Ib. x. 512 (devote seruic). c1420 Wynt. v. 88 (in dewote pylgrimage). Ib. 3001 (throwch hys devot prayare). Ib. vii. 713 (this devote offerand). c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 12/29 (be devote vrison). Ib. 38/6 (a deuot affectioune). 1513 Doug. iii. i. 79 (the deuote handis). Ib. iii. 52 (with devote stevyn). 1533 Boece ii. iv. 63 b (be certane devote wourdis). c1540 Lynd. Kitteis Conf. 5 (ane countenance … deuote). c1552 Id. Mon. 2132 (deuote adoratioun). Ib. 4382 (mony ane deuote document). a1570-86 Maitl. F. xvi. 29 (with devote mynd).(b) a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 936 (be devoit diligence). c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 58/28 (with gud and devoit mynd). 1513 Doug. xi. Prol. 104 (of devoit oryson). Ib. xiii. Prol. 133 (for consciens and devoit hart). 1551 Hamilton Cat. 8 (faithful and devoit prayar). a1568 Bann. MS. 59 b/51 (of devoit mynd). Ib. 102 b/23 (ane dergy devoit and meik). a1585 Maitl. Q. xcv. 23 (his deuoit death).

2. Devoted, showing devotion, to one. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 1135.
The bischope fra that tym ay To sancte Andrew … Wes mare dewote ine al thinge
1456 Hay I. 295/21.
That he be godly, and devote to God and haly kirk
1572 Bann. Trans. 321.
To chuse sic one [archbishop] … as sal be devoit to God and to his hienes

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