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 State regulations require that religious services held in red-zone counties -- those with the highest percentage of COVID-19 infections -- be limited to 25% capacity, and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statewide mask mandate in May. Julia Musto, Fox News, "US megachurches fined mega-fees for Christmas Eve services," 1 Jan. 2021 The dip in hospitalizations comes while thousands might have spent the Christmas holiday traveling and at family gatherings and religious services. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Sandhill cranes, black-footed ferrets, Washington crossing the Delaware: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2020 Schools, religious services, grocery and convenience stores, and pharmacies are exempt. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s coronavirus positivity rate spikes to 19.2 percent as COVID-19 hospitalizations approach summer levels," 28 Dec. 2020 Previously, the court had allowed restrictions on religious services over the dissent of four justices, including the other two Trump nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump made lasting impact on federal courts," 26 Dec. 2020 Los Angeles County, which has accounted for a third of all coronavirus cases and nearly 40% of deaths, urged people to avoid attending indoor religious services, even though they are permitted with social distancing requirements. Robert Jablon, ajc, "California deaths spur pleas to stay home for Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020 On Saturday, the LA County Public Health Department announced that indoor religious services would again be permitted, this in response to a ruling from the Supreme Court in early December. CBS News, "Some Southern California churches set to hold indoor services for the holidays," 24 Dec. 2020 In a typical year, the choir performs in religious services in the college chapel several times a week and tours worldwide. New York Times, "A Choir Tries to Keep Its Christmas Tradition Alive," 22 Dec. 2020 This month, a Kern County judge, citing the Supreme Court decision, declared that restrictions on religious services in California are unconstitutional. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County allows churches to meet indoors after recent court rulings," 21 Dec. 2020 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, "Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Chicago," 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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Time Traveler for religious

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

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Religious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religious. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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.

Other Words from religious

religiously adverb

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