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    Smile adoring vs. devoted

    Hi! Could anyone tell me what the difference between 'adoring' and 'devoted' is.

    e.g. We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father.

    Does "devoted" imply the meaning of being loyal while "adoring" just stresses "loving" only?


    Here are the definitions from Cambridge Dictionaries Online. But I am still not very clear. Could you give me a hand? Thanks!


    devoted
    adjective
    extremely loving and loyal:
    a devoted fan/husband
    Lucy is devoted to her cats.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    adoring
    adjective
    showing very strong love for someone:
    I refuse to play the part of the adoring wife.
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    Re: adoring vs. devoted

    'adoring' is to love and respect someone very deeply.
    Presumably, 'love' also means one is loyal.

    'devoted' has both the meaning of (1) love and loyalty; and (2) to give all or a large part of one's time or resources to a person, an activity, or a cause.

    So, if it's an activity or cause, then it's just (2). When it involves people, as in your sentence, a 'father', then we take it to include both - he spends as much time with his children as he can because he loves them.

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    Re: adoring vs. devoted

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! Could anyone tell me what the difference between 'adoring' and 'devoted' is.

    e.g. We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father.

    Does "devoted" imply the meaning of being loyal Yes, loyal but more than that. It also means paying great attention to the needs of, in this case his children, and doing his best to provide everything his children need.


    while "adoring" just stresses "loving" only? Yes, he loves his wife very much; he practically worships her.


    Here are the definitions from Cambridge Dictionaries Online. But I am still not very clear. Could you give me a hand? Thanks!




    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press



    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
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    Smile Re: adoring vs. devoted

    Hi David L. & 2006,

    Thank you for your kind help. I see.

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