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 The latest from director Terrence Malick depicts the life of Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer and devout Catholic who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. Detroit Free Press, "New movies: 'Cats,' 'Bombshell,' 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 19 Dec. 2019 Throughout the inquiry, Pelosi, a devout Catholic, has kept a somber demeanor and frequently spoken about praying. Dustin Gardiner,, "Impeachment: Pelosi has Democrats in line, Republican says Jesus got fairer trial," 18 Dec. 2019 Spain’s Philip II, a devout Roman Catholic who wielded governmental authority over the region, had begun to crack down on the practice of Protestantism and the many peasants that followed the religion. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Detroit Exhibit Celebrates Bruegel’s ‘The Wedding Dance’ and Its Controversial Codpieces," 13 Dec. 2019 Virginia was an avid reader, a dog lover, a devout catholic, a devoted mother and grandmother., "Deaths in South Florida: 10/23," 23 Oct. 2019 Roberts was a devout Catholic who was unafraid to discuss her religion, at one point comparing her religious beliefs to the act of breathing, according to NPR. CBS News, "Funeral held for legendary journalist Cokie Roberts," 21 Sep. 2019 While imprisoned, Sow, a devout Muslim, slept, fasted and prayed for patience and inner peace, knowing his time of trial would end and that God was testing his strength and faith. Mark Curnutte,, "'I do everything all Americans do.' Home but for how long? ICE releases Mauritanian man after 11 months," 16 July 2019 Refusing to follow conventional wisdom or chase trends are all in keeping with Yuna’s desire to stay true to her music and personal identity as a devout Muslim. Ken Capobianco,, "In charge of her image and sound, pop singer Yuna refuses to be pigeonholed," 11 July 2019 Reuben said his wife was a devout Catholic who lived her faith through her devotion to children and her community overall. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mildred Harpole, civil rights activist, fair housing advocate and unofficial First Lady of Milwaukee, dies at 84," 30 Oct. 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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29 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Devout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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