Definition of devout
1 : committed or devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises a devout Catholic
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 of devout from the Web
Lee was a devout Christian, and historians regard him as an accomplished tactician.
Ghani recounted an incident last year during the holy month of Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and fundraising often goes into high gear.
Rick is a very devout Christian who doesn’t drink, and the governor in ‘
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was giddy at the thought of meeting Pope Francis during President Trump’s first trip abroad, telling acquaintances that for him, a devout Catholic, the moment would fulfill a bucket-list dream.
A devout Catholic, Mr. Michael served many years as head usher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City.
Bunning, a devout Catholic, could be seen most weekends at St. Therese Parish.
The second of three sons, Mr. Bunning was born to a devout Catholic family on Oct. 23, 1931, in Covington, Ky.
The line representing violent behavior from devout Muslims flatlines and continues outward, from 610 A.D. to 2010.
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Origin and Etymology of devout
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin devotus, from Latin, past participle of devovēre —see devote
First Known Use: 13th century
DEVOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of devout for English Language Learners
: deeply religious : devoted to a particular religion
: loyal to something : devoted to a particular belief, organization, person, etc.
: serious and sincere
DEVOUT Defined for Kids
Definition of devout for Students
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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