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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Pelosi, a devout Catholic, appealed to Pence's sense of faith. Andrew Taylor,, "House sends Trump $4.6 billion border bill, yielding to Senate plan and dealing blow to progressive wing," 27 June 2019 Pelosi, a devout Catholic, appealed to Pence's sense of faith. Anchorage Daily News, "House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate," 27 June 2019 In 1962, Danny Thomas — the Lebanese American comedian, singer, actor, and devout Catholic — made good on a promise to the patron saint of hopeless causes with the opening of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Marie Mccullough,, "How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions," 6 June 2019 As a devout Roman Catholic, Ms. Dussourd was honored that the priest, the Rev. John J. Geoghan, visited often, taking the boys out for ice cream and going up to their rooms at night to pray with them. New York Times, "Maryetta Dussourd, 74, Dies; Raised Early Alarm on Abusive Priests," 3 June 2019 Imamoglu sought to peel devout Muslims away from the AKP by distancing himself from the CHP’s staunchly secular approach. Laura King,, "Repeat election for Istanbul mayor is a key test for Turkey’s authoritarian-minded president," 22 June 2019 His sister, the matriarch and a devout Catholic, has been verbally and emotionally abusive to me. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Wealthy man’s companion is shut out of family holidays," 14 June 2019 His sister, the matriarch and a devout Catholic, has been verbally and emotionally abusive to me. Dear Abby,, "Dear Abby: Husband procrastinates, then accuses wife of nagging him to get things done," 14 June 2019 The holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Washington Post, "Moon sightings, politics play a part in Muslim holiday," 5 June 2019

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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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