devout

adjective
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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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, baltimoresun.com, "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 The dictatorship alleges that Alban, a devout Catholic, committed suicide by jumping out a 10-story window. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Cuba Holds the Keys to Venezuela," 14 Oct. 2018 Borges, who said Alban was a personal friend, said the councilman who represented a district in the Caracas area was a family man and devout Catholic who would never kill himself. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelan opposition denies jailed politician took own life," 8 Oct. 2018 As a devout Roman Catholic, she is seen as toxic to some Democrats. Doug Mckelway, Fox News, "If Kavanaugh nomination fails, here's who could be next in line," 26 Sep. 2018 Lauren believes in the purity of this vision, while most designers are not so devout to their muses. Harper's BAZAAR, "American Dream: Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50 Years," 6 Sep. 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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devout

adjective

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

devout

adjective
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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