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

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Friends and family described Jean as a devout Christian throughout college and during his life in Texas. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Funeral set for man killed by white Dallas police officer," 13 Sep. 2018 Worse, 41 percent of devout women admitted engaging in masturbation. Linda Gordon, The New Republic, "How birth-control leaders found allies in American religious groups," 5 Apr. 2018 The news comes from devout royal watcher Bradley Donovan-Baird, who quickly posted the letter on Instagram. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Is Sending Photos of Himself to Thank Those Who Wished Him Happy Birthday," 7 Nov. 2018 Family and friends described Jean as a devout Christian and a caring individual. Fox News, "The Latest: Man killed by officer remembered at funeral," 13 Sep. 2018 Would the devout Christian emerge a champion against the moral evil of Nazism? Doris Bergen, WSJ, "‘Then They Came for Me’ Review: Germany’s Tortured Conscience," 7 Dec. 2018 Almost two decades of alleged abuse The latest claims against Cristobal were made by a man identified in court documents as J.C.C., who grew up in a devout Catholic family in Barrigada, Guam. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Father Adrian Cristobal, accused of sex abuse in Guam, is missing after leaving Phoenix," 15 June 2018 Maskell appeared to target girls from very devout Catholic families, Schaub said. Alison Knezevich,, "Women from 'The Keepers' discuss experience at Baltimore conference on child sexual abuse prevention," 20 Apr. 2018 As a Muslim-American journalist, I am invested in the rights of women like my mother, aunts and friends who are devout and observant Muslim American women. Jennifer Chowdhury, Marie Claire, "Why Ilhan Omar's Victory Speech Starting With an Islamic Greeting Is So Important," 9 Nov. 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 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

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devoutly adverb

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