devout

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adjective de·vout \di-ˈvau̇t\

Definition of devout

  1. 1 :  committed or devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises a devout Catholic

  2. 2 :  expressing piety or religious fervor :  expressing devotion a devout attitude

  3. 3a :  devoted to a pursuit, belief, or mode of behavior :  serious, earnest a devout baseball fan born a devout coward — G. B. Shawb :  warmly sincere a devout wish for peace

devoutly

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devoutness

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Examples of devout in a Sentence

  1. It is his devout wish to help people in need.

  2. devout Red Sox fans never lost faith during the long World Series drought

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Origin and Etymology of devout

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

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DEVOUT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of devout for English Language Learners

  • : deeply religious : devoted to a particular religion

  • : loyal to something : devoted to a particular belief, organization, person, etc.

  • : serious and sincere


DEVOUT Defined for Kids

devout

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adjective de·vout \di-ˈvau̇t\

Definition of devout for Students

  1. 1 :  deeply religious

  2. 2 :  strongly loyal or devoted They are devout believers in education.

  3. 3 :  warmly sincere and earnest devout thanks

devoutly

adverb


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