Meaning of self-devotion

self-de•vo•tion

Pronunciation: (self'di-vō'shun, self"-), [key]
— n.
  1. intense devotion of oneself to an activity or to a field or profession, as art or science.
  2. 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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