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 Some regard her as a privileged elitist who favored a strictly hierarchical approach to nursing, opposed higher education for nurses and wanted them to remain devout, chaste and obedient. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020 Alexander was a 29-year-old motivational speaker, salesman and devout Mormon. Gail Deutsch, ABC News, "Friends say they warned Travis Alexander that Jodi Arias was dangerous for months before she killed him," 13 Feb. 2020 The truth – exposed in 2018 after a husband and wife at the church discovered Foose’s record – fractured the tightknit, devout community of roughly 100 members. USA Today, "‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse," 13 Feb. 2020 His mother, Anne, is a devout Catholic and homemaker who could dress a deer. John Rosengren, Washington Post, "An Olympic Hockey Hero, a Violent Crime and the Specter of Brain Trauma," 12 Feb. 2020 However, when Frank Carlson, a senator from Kansas, and a devout Baptist and Christian leader, asked his friend and fellow Kansan to attend a prayer breakfast, Eisenhower – in a move that seemed out of character – refused. Diane Winston, The Conversation, "National Prayer Breakfast was a moment for leaders to show humility – Trump changed it," 7 Feb. 2020 More: How Rand Paul went from calling Donald Trump an 'orange windbag' to being a devout disciple That put all eyes on Murkowski, whose vote could have forced a 50-50 tie. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell secures enough GOP votes to block Trump impeachment witnesses," 31 Jan. 2020 For one of the bubbliest characters on TV (or Netflix), a devout lover of mornings, and a mother of two young children, one of the best parts of her days is taking a deep breath. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Ellie Kemper Loves Mornings, and We Need to Channel Her A.M. Energy," 30 Jan. 2020 Perhaps worst of all for the devout Quaker, the Indianapolis chapter denied her entry. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "She was a friend of Rosa Parks, a student of Thurgood Marshall — and the first black attorney in Alaska," 20 Jan. 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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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