de·​vout | \di-ˈvau̇t \

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

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The dictatorship alleges that Alban, a devout Catholic, committed suicide by jumping out a 10-story window. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Cuba Holds the Keys to Venezuela," 14 Oct. 2018 Borges, who said Alban was a personal friend, said the councilman who represented a district in the Caracas area was a family man and devout Catholic who would never kill himself. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelan opposition denies jailed politician took own life," 8 Oct. 2018 As a devout Roman Catholic, she is seen as toxic to some Democrats. Doug Mckelway, Fox News, "If Kavanaugh nomination fails, here's who could be next in line," 26 Sep. 2018 Lauren believes in the purity of this vision, while most designers are not so devout to their muses. Harper's BAZAAR, "American Dream: Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50 Years," 6 Sep. 2018 In an effort to calm May, a devout Christian, inmates brought her a Bible. Randall Chase, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Survivor blames officials for prison riot," 16 July 2018 Coney Barrett—a onetime Notre Dame law professor whom Trump appointed to Chicago’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last year—is popular with social conservatives and has been accused of allowing her devout Catholic faith to seep over into her rulings. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Which of Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees Would Be the Worst for Women?," 9 July 2018 And with Islam’s holy month coinciding with preparations for the World Cup, being true to both faith and fans hasn’t been easy for Gaber who, like all the players on the Egyptian team, is a devout Muslim. Kevin Baxter,, "Ramadan leaves Muslim World Cup players facing a tough choice," 10 June 2018 Aisha, a devout Muslim, has moved with her husband and stepdaughter to live with her mother-in-law in an apartment building that has...some history. Will Nevin,, "TBT #31: Horror -- in body and cultural forms -- coming this week to comics," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

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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