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

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

Though Saudi Arabia is changing its culture via Vision 2030, the country remains conservatively religious, with few pastimes for Western expatriates and little access to alcohol. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Expats Flee Saudi Fund, Bemoan Crown Prince Control," 31 Dec. 2018 For instance, Jewish and Muslim people often circumcise their babies as a religious and cultural tradition. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 An increasing number of these users are Dalits or belong to other religious, cultural and gender minorities. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 None of the central quartet seems to have been particularly religious. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 5 Dec. 2018 Our humanity won’t be dictated by extreme religious and ideological false ideas of gender and binaries. Sage Grace Dolan-sandrino, Teen Vogue, "I'm a Trans Student, and the Trump Administration Memo Won't Erase Me," 23 Oct. 2018 His father was raised Quaker, and his mother was Jewish—but neither were at all religious, and Sam had a wholly secular upbringing. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Getting high and breaking faith," 17 Oct. 2018 Many have reached out to help, including Boise's Muslim community and other religious and social groups. Rebecca Boone, chicagotribune.com, "Refugee who fled violence mourns 3-year-old daughter slain at her birthday party in Idaho," 4 July 2018 According to his lawsuit, which was recently filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Haisam Elsharkawi had arrived at LAX on February 9, 2017 and was headed to Saudi Arabia to go on a hajj, the Muslim religious pilgrimage. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 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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