religious

adjective
re·​li·​gious | \ ri-ˈli-jəs How to pronounce religious (audio) \

Definition of religious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity a religious person religious attitudes
2 : of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances joined a religious order
3a : scrupulously and conscientiously faithful

religious

noun
plural religious

Definition of religious (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of a religious order under monastic vows

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Other Words from religious

Adjective

religiously adverb
religiousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for religious

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of religious in a Sentence

Adjective My religious beliefs forbid the drinking of alcohol. Religious leaders called for an end to the violence. His wife is very active in the church, but he's not religious himself.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to reporting conducted by Marie Claire and the Fuller Project, American girls and women are undergoing the unscientific procedure, whether forced or willingly submitting, citing religious beliefs that celebrate virginity. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "Virginity Testing: A Global Crisis," 30 Oct. 2019 Aromatic varieties are associated with religious ceremonies and cultural festivals in all rice-growing cultures. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 The school was established by the Consolata Missionaries religious order, which had come to Archer’s Post to spread the faith to the semi-nomadic tribes of Kenya’s northern Rift Valley. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘How will we cover up this shame?’: The priest and the girl," 9 Oct. 2019 Hailey Baldwin wore a dress by Off-White for her religious wedding ceremony to Justin Bieber. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Bieber Just Debuted Her Stunning Off-White Wedding Dress," 7 Oct. 2019 Dioceses and religious orders so far have shared the names of more than 5,100 clergy members, with more than three-quarters of the names released just in the last year. Anchorage Daily News, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 Dioceses and religious orders so far have shared the names of more than 5,100 clergy members, with more than three-quarters of the names released just in the last year. NBC News, "Almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised," 4 Oct. 2019 The service will start with a Sikh religious ceremony, followed by a law enforcement memorial at 11:30 a.m. Dhaliwal, the first Sikh deputy at the sheriff's office, was killed Friday during a traffic stop near Cypress. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "HCSO releases more details about Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal's funeral," 30 Sep. 2019 More than 20 Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the United States, including the San Diego diocese, have filed for bankruptcy over the past 15 years, according to BishopAccountability.org. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "He Sued Over a Priest’s Abuse. Then the Diocese Filed for Bankruptcy.," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of religious

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for religious

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French religius, from Latin religiosus, from religio

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French religius, from religius, adjective

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of religious was in the 13th century

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religious

adjective
How to pronounce religious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of religious

: of or relating to religion
: believing in a god or a group of gods and following the rules of a religion
: very careful to do something whenever it can or should be done

religious

adjective
re·​li·​gious | \ ri-ˈli-jəs How to pronounce religious (audio) \

Kids Definition of religious

1 : believing in God or gods and following the practices of a religion a religious person
2 : of or relating to religion religious books
3 : very devoted and faithful She's religious about wearing a seat belt.

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religiously adverb

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