de·​vout | \ di-ˈvau̇t How to pronounce devout (audio) \

Definition of devout

1 : committed or devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises a devout Catholic
2 : expressing piety or religious fervor : expressing devotion a devout attitude
3a : devoted to a pursuit, belief, or mode of behavior : serious, earnest a devout baseball fan born a devout coward— G. B. Shaw
b : warmly sincere a devout wish for peace

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Other Words from devout

devoutly adverb
devoutness noun

Examples of devout in a Sentence

It is his devout wish to help people in need. devout Red Sox fans never lost faith during the long World Series drought
Recent Examples on the Web Ley, the psychologist and author, argued that treatment like the kind reportedly received by Long — a devout Christian — may in fact exacerbate the issues at hand. Washington Post, "The Atlanta suspect isn’t the first to blame ‘sex addiction’ for heinous crimes. But scientists are dubious.," 18 Mar. 2021 Katie Barron said the case fascinated her father — a devout Catholic — on every level. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former chief judge had it all, and was grateful every day," 10 Mar. 2021 That night, at the new center, the devout Catholic went into cardiac arrest and died, the family said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "She was 1 of the 1st COVID-19 deaths in the US. A year later her kids are still grappling with the shocking loss.," 6 Mar. 2021 White, as a devout Catholic who believed that nonhuman animals lacked an immortal soul, was firmly convinced that his ends justified his means and that his lab monkeys died for the greater good of saving human lives. Washington Post, "Transplant an organ? Why not an entire body?," 5 Mar. 2021 The devout Catholic spent much of his time praying for his own life but also for his son, who despite being decades younger had a far worse spell of COVID-19. oregonlive, "COVID-19′s disparate toll on Oregon, one year later," 28 Feb. 2021 After all, an atheist is unlikely to persuade a devout Christian to abandon their religion, any more than a Christian can convince an ardent atheist about the veracity of their faith. Kumar Yogeeswaran, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs Tolerance more than Unity," 2 Mar. 2021 Hogue was a devout Christian and heavily active in East Capitol Street Church of Christ. Washington Post, "Ronnie Hogue, who broke barriers at University of Georgia, dies of covid-19," 10 Dec. 2020 Instead, Hillman writes about his life, music and spiritual journey as a devout Christian who was born into a Jewish family for which religion was decidedly not a priority. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star? Chris Hillman reflects on vital legacy in new memoir, ‘Time Between’," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of devout

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for devout

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin devotus, from Latin, past participle of devovēre — see devote

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“Devout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of devout

: deeply religious : devoted to a particular religion
: loyal to something : devoted to a particular belief, organization, person, etc.
: serious and sincere


de·​vout | \ di-ˈvau̇t How to pronounce devout (audio) \

Kids Definition of devout

1 : deeply religious
2 : strongly loyal or devoted They are devout believers in education.
3 : warmly sincere and earnest devout thanks

Other Words from devout

devoutly adverb

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