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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But for Sajuti, a devout Muslim, his focus is on his faith and being positive. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Community Rallies Around West Hartford Man In Sanctuary Nearly Eight Months," 9 July 2018 Salah is a devout Muslim acutely aware of his social profile, both in the U.K. and abroad, and one who makes it a point to avoid politics. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018 Hui Muslims are responsible for much of the north’s gastronomic inventiveness, and the Bay Area is home to a few halal restaurants that cater to devout Muslims. Carolyn Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "The five Chinese cuisines you’ll see the most in the Bay Area," 9 Feb. 2018 Many devout Catholics, including liberals and leftists, try to go to church everyday. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Why all the anti-Catholic conspiracy-mongering?," 9 July 2018 Porter has that effect on his more devout fans, who, along with others, crowded the place Monday evening for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s 29th Annual Corporate Night. Howard Reich,, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 The deeply devout mother who believed in peace lost two sons to war. Special To The Oregonian,, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018 The most devout Hinkie followers already feel we have been proven right—now more strongly than ever. Mitch Goldich,, "The Process in the Playoffs: Taking Stock of the Sam Hinkie Experiment," 12 Apr. 2018 Tickets were only available to lucky listeners of WLUM-FM (102.1) and in person at the Rave box office, prompting Disco's most devout fans to drop everything and rush to the venue. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Panic! at the Disco played a surprise bar show in Milwaukee Sunday," 26 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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a thing devoutly to be wished

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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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