religious

adjective
re·​li·​gious | \ri-ˈli-jəs \

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

b : fervent, zealous

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

The report is critical of Sri Lanka and India, which have periodically shut down or limited access to the internet in response to the outbreak of ethnic and religious conflict. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Internet freedom continues to decline around the world, a new report says," 1 Nov. 2018 New federal regulations allowing doctors to deny service on religious grounds will likely have deadly consequences for the trans community. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Transgender Women Are Women. Transgender Men Are Men.," 23 Oct. 2018 In Priests for Life v. HHS, Kavanaugh declared the Obamacare contraceptive mandate violated constitutional rights to religious liberty. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 Trump’s pick, if confirmed, could also be a deciding factor in matters related to affirmative action, religious liberties, and capital punishment. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Think President Trump Is About to Remake the Federal Judiciary? To Some Degree, He Already Has," 8 July 2018 During the 1990s there was war and years of religious extremism that turned people against this musical community and almost wiped out the culture of Kharabat. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 The great issues of our day are decided at the Supreme Court: immigration, religious liberty, the right to bear arms, the right to speak freely. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Newly open seat on Supreme Court puts pressure on McCaskill in key Senate race," 27 June 2018 New waves of immigration, especially of Catholics from Ireland, were changing the country’s ethnic and religious makeup, and nativist groups sprang up in backlash. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Why Are There Laws That Restrict What People Can Wear to the Polls?," 15 June 2018 The war brought the Puritan migration to a close, but other religious and ethnic groups, such as the Quakers and Huguenots, took up the slack in the late 17th century. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "A Short History of American Immigration," 20 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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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