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Definition of religiosity

: the quality or state of being religious : religious feeling or devotion A study of 291 newlywed couples found spouses to be closer in values, religiosity, and political attitudes than would be predicted by chance …— Matthew Hutson … on the whole any given generation tends to retain its level of religiosity throughout life.— Gregory S. Paul often : an intense, excessive, or fervent religiousness The recent outburst of popular religiosity in the United States is a most dramatic and unforeseen development in American life. As Europe grows more secular, America grows more devout. — Arthur Schlesinger Jr. It must be emphasized that the moral imperative of fiction provides no excuse for smug moralizing, religiosity, or propaganda. On the contrary, it forbids them. — Robert Stone The whole notion of pushing your physical limits … has attained a religiosity that's as passionate as it is pervasive. — Heather Havrilesky

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Religiosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of religiosity

sometimes disapproving : the state of being religious

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