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

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

Simon Osamoh, whose Minnesota company also handles security consulting for houses of worship, said more than 150 religious organizations attended his group’s annual conference last year. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Houses of Worship Upgrade Security After Shootings," 20 Mar. 2019 At issue is an IRS provision known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and other religious organizations from candidate endorsements. Fox News, "Hawley to speak at university chapel, despite IRS guideline," 28 Sep. 2018 While many religious organizations have come out against homosexuality, Hillsong’s stance on a person’s sexuality has been mixed. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018 Last year Jared Leto and Lana del Rey went all out in their quest to redefine religious garb at the Met Gala. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and More Met Gala Guests Who’ve Already Mastered Camp on The Red Carpet," 24 Apr. 2019 The Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka is a jolting reminder that killers motivated by religious animus continue to be a threat to innocents around the world. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Massacre of Christians," 21 Apr. 2019 Or, say, priceless art and religious artifacts collected over hundreds of years. Andrew Han, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Robot Firefighter That Battled the Notre Dame Blaze," 17 Apr. 2019 Learn more about the religious connotations and history behind Easter colors below. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Surprising Meaning Behind Easter Colors," 22 Mar. 2019 There are likely many reasons for the delay, including the fact that Patheos, which publishes a variety of blogs on religious topics, isn’t part of the mainstream news ecosystem. Anna North, Vox, "The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained," 15 Mar. 2019

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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 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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