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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The former head of the Military Counter-Intelligence Directorate (DGCIM), a close ally to late President Hugo Chávez who later broke away from the regime, also accused Maduro of falsely portraying himself as a devout Christian. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Venezuela’s former spy chief: Maduro spends thousands on Santeria sacrifices in Cuba," 4 June 2019 Zelda, described as a devout follower of the Church of Night, determined for her niece to follow in her family’s footsteps, is played by Lord of the Rings’ Miranda Otto. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Just Released a Ton of Cast Photos From the Upcoming New Series," 19 Sep. 2018 That's especially true here, where many of the most devout followers operate with the conviction that the Honolulu Blue and Silver is cursed. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' hiring of Matt Patricia means a lot of hope, a little faith," 8 Feb. 2018 More: How Ohioans can help children and families separated at the border Chabot and Wenstrup are devout Catholics and among Washington's staunchest pro-family lawmakers. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Pressed on border crisis, Cincy congressmen stronger against separating families," 20 June 2018 My parents were devout Catholics who heard via their parish that many Korean orphans were in need of homes. Mary Green,, "Coming to America Saved My Life: A People Editor's Immigration Story," 20 June 2018 Friends and family described Jean as a devout Christian throughout college and during his life in Texas. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Funeral set for man killed by white Dallas police officer," 13 Sep. 2018 Worse, 41 percent of devout women admitted engaging in masturbation. Linda Gordon, The New Republic, "How birth-control leaders found allies in American religious groups," 5 Apr. 2018 The news comes from devout royal watcher Bradley Donovan-Baird, who quickly posted the letter on Instagram. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Is Sending Photos of Himself to Thank Those Who Wished Him Happy Birthday," 7 Nov. 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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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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