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

devotional, sacred, spiritual

Antonyms: Adjective

nonreligious, profane, secular

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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

This much becomes obvious in this episode: Commander Lawrence isn’t a religious zealot. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 7 June 2019 Lopez Obrador said without providing details that the event would be open to the public and would feature politicians, religious figures and business leaders. David Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump reports headway in US-Mexico talks on migrants but renews tariff threat," 6 June 2019 Many Republican voters are religious conservatives who oppose gay rights and are receptive to the idea that being gay is a learned, sinful lifestyle, according to online critics of conversion therapy. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "While state ignores gay 'conversion therapy,' Huntington Woods bans it," 5 June 2019 Under Trump, the Department of Defense banned transgender troops, and a Department of Health and Human Services proposal allows medical providers to deny treatment to transgender people on religious grounds. Alfred Lubrano, https://www.inquirer.com, "Proposed Trump administration rule change could lead to homeless LGBTQ people being turned away from shelters," 5 June 2019 Health Insurance: Congress could overturn the Hobby Lobby decision to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to clarify that corporations cannot have religious views and thus cannot avoid providing full health insurance benefits. Gregory Koger, Vox, "How a Democratic Congress can push back against the Supreme Court," 12 Nov. 2018 And under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the question was first, was this a substantial burden on the religious exercise? Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Hillary Clinton repeats anti-Kavanaugh talking point debunked by fact checkers," 12 Sep. 2018 Coming from a tight-knit religious community, my reputation, above anything else, meant everything. Bonnie Azoulay, Glamour, "The Leopard Bikini I Swore I'd Never Wear Again," 23 May 2019 The focus, many critics say, should be on working with the rest of the religious community to change traditional structures in a way that respects Islamic law and creates lasting change. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "On Muslim Women's Day, Women-Only Mosques Are About Much More Than Prayer," 27 Mar. 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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The first known use of religious was in the 13th century

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religious

adjective

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.

Other Words from religious

religiously adverb

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