devout

adjective

de·​vout di-ˈvau̇t How to pronounce devout (audio)
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
3
a
: devoted to a pursuit, belief, or mode of behavior : serious, earnest
a devout baseball fan
born a devout cowardG. B. Shaw
b
: warmly sincere
a devout wish for peace
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 The room’s newest occupants are Jake (Jake Horowitz) and Bernstein (Michael Perrie Jr.), his devout roommate. Rhoda Feng, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 The first European to record seeing Mount Mulanje, in 1859, was Scotsman David Livingstone, the proselytizing explorer and devout abolitionist. Mark Jenkins, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 Wilhelmina now lies in a glass coffin at the church and has been attracting thousands of devout pilgrims ever since. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 29 Mar. 2024 As a devout Christian, the actor is also sharing scriptures that can help those on similar journeys find peace. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 During his time in prison, Creech also became a devout Christian and met his wife, LeAnn Creech, through her son, who was then a prison guard. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 That visit genuinely happened (the devout Chisholm believed in forgiveness…and repentance), but Ridley hits a wrong note by staging the encounter as if the two were old college chums. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 16 Mar. 2024 The star is a deeply devout Catholic, devoted to a prayer and exercise routine that regularly starts around 3 a.m. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 One hospice patient, a devout elderly woman, was estranged from her adult son, who no longer believed. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of devout was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Devout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devout. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

devout

adjective
de·​vout di-ˈvau̇t How to pronounce devout (audio)
1
: devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises
2
: expressing devotion
a devout attitude
3
a
: devoted to an activity, belief, or type of behavior
a devout baseball fan
b
: earnest entry 2 sense 1, sincere
gave them devout thanks
devoutly adverb
devoutness noun

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