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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And there are portraits of farmers and domestic workers that Cézanne painted in the decade before his death, at 67, in 1906, by which time the rebel had become a devout Roman Catholic and vehement Provençal nativist. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 The brothers saw themselves as very devout Christians. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 Even on devout Tangier, members of the New Testament flock were called Holy Rollers. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 April was a hectic month for Mardan’s tailors, as most would-be brides and grooms planned their wedding before this year’s May start of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Inside the changing world of a Pakistani tailor," 15 June 2018 My grandparents were devout in their Catholic faith. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Pancake Tuesday, an Indian tradition by way of colonialism," 13 Feb. 2018 But for Sajuti, a devout Muslim, his focus is on his faith and being positive. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Community Rallies Around West Hartford Man In Sanctuary Nearly Eight Months," 9 July 2018 Salah is a devout Muslim acutely aware of his social profile, both in the U.K. and abroad, and one who makes it a point to avoid politics. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018 Hui Muslims are responsible for much of the north’s gastronomic inventiveness, and the Bay Area is home to a few halal restaurants that cater to devout Muslims. Carolyn Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "The five Chinese cuisines you’ll see the most in the Bay Area," 9 Feb. 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 \

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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to express warning or disapproval

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