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 For devout Muslims, prayer serves as a powerful connection to God and a source of healing. Faiza Mahamud, Star Tribune, "New prayer stickers in Hennepin Healthcare are a welcome message for Muslim patients," 7 Apr. 2021 How did this devout and inexperienced woman, who'd had no life experience, meet this man and in the space of three weeks begin actively drugging people and robbing them? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Serpent Star Jenna Coleman on the “Rollercoaster” of Playing Marie-Andrée Leclerc," 3 Apr. 2021 The failure to become truly devout is almost a recurring joke. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Good Friday for Backsliders," 2 Apr. 2021 Either way, the masses here in Utah have remained largely devout in their partisanship for the Jazz, all that notwithstanding, even in leaner years. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Utah Jazz fans are unflaggingly faithful. They deserve a title run. Does this team?," 26 Mar. 2021 Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises were known for their devout advocacy of maximally free markets and minimal government assistance. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, "Why have two long-dead Austrian economists become cult figures in Brazil?," 24 Mar. 2021 Lupus also took the life of her beloved father and led to O’Connor using crutches for much of her devout Catholic life. Michael Phillips,, "A decade ago, two Loyola professors talked about a Flannery O’Connor documentary. Now it’s on PBS ‘American Masters.’," 23 Mar. 2021 The Parkses are a devout couple and Kerry plays trombone in their church’s band. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "‘We are afforded a happy story’: What life looks like a year after COVID almost killed this young Dallas dad," 11 Mar. 2021 Naughton plays Jill, formerly known as Da Thrill, a former drug addict who now lives as a devout Catholic wife dwelling in Montana. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "Naturi Naughton Tapped To Star in ABC’s ‘Queens’," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Devout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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