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

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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It is currently covered by insurance courtesy of the Affordable Care Act (though the Trump administration made moves last year to chip away at that coverage under the banner of religious freedom for employers). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh argued that filing the form would make the organization complicit and violate religious-freedom rights. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy who was often bridged the gap between the court’s liberals and conservatives on consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Todd Young wants an 'originalist' Supreme Court. What does that mean?," 11 July 2018 As recently as 2015, Kavanaugh argued that the Affordable Care Act’s free contraception coverage imposes on religious freedom. Lauren Young, Teen Vogue, "Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Track Record on Gun Control, Reproductive Rights, and More," 10 July 2018 On the past quarter century’s most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court’s liberals and conservatives. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 At age 46 Judge Barrett has an impressive record on religious freedom as a legal professor but her time on the federal bench has been too short to match the opinions of the others. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Justice With a Record," 8 July 2018 In Kennedy’s final weeks, the court punted on major decisions on partisan gerrymandering and religious-freedom exceptions to anti-discrimination laws. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What the New Supreme Court Will Decide," 29 June 2018 The most recent Supreme Court term, with cases focusing on unions, religious freedom, and Trump’s travel ban, showed that conservatives were correct to focus so intensely on the Supreme Court. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Polling data shows Republicans turned out for Trump in 2016 because of the Supreme Court," 29 June 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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