religious

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

Essential Meaning of religious

1 : of or relating to religion My religious beliefs forbid the drinking of alcohol. religious groups/organizations/schools Religious leaders called for an end to the violence.
2 : believing in a god or a group of gods and following the rules of a religion She is very religious. My grandfather was a deeply religious [=spiritual] man. His wife is very active in the church, but he's not religious himself.
3 informal : very careful to do something whenever it can or should be done

Full 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

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 But in December, the U.S. Supreme Court permitted the state's mandate to remain in place without a religious exemption. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 For example, companies wouldn't be able to require a letter from a pastor to grant a religious exemption. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 More than 12,000 military service members were seeking religious exemption from the Covid-19 vaccine as of December 19, according to the Associated Press. Mason Bissada, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 O'Connor, who was appointed to the federal bench in Texas by President George W. Bush, said the Navy had not granted a single religious exemption to the vaccine rule. NBC News, 4 Jan. 2022 The 59-year-old who does installations and repairs for a telecommunications company worked throughout the pandemic and got a religious exemption when his employer mandated vaccination. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 And previously the court rejected an emergency appeal from health care workers in Maine to block a vaccine mandate that doesn't have a religious exemption. CBS News, 17 Dec. 2021 The Marine Corps has approved 1,007 medical and administrative exemptions and is still processing 2,863 of the 3,144 requests made for a religious exemption. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 16 Dec. 2021 In all, 1,746 soldiers, 2,751 sailors, 4,756 airmen and 3,144 Marines have asked for religious exemption, according to the latest data released by the services. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a young religious, Bishop-elect Lombardo did missionary work in Bolivia and Honduras. Laura Rodríguez Presa, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2022

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“Religious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religious. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for religious

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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