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 These criteria are vague, at least partly because of the religious freedom granted by the Constitution. Samuel Brunson, The Conversation, "What’s a church? That can depend on the eye of the beholder or paperwork filed with the IRS," 6 Feb. 2020 Decisions are pending in nearly three dozen cases, including those that could protect young immigrants from deportation, LGBT workers from discrimination, gun owners from travel limits and religious schools from government aid restrictions. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Chief Justice John Roberts emerges unscathed from Trump's Senate impeachment trial," 5 Feb. 2020 Milwaukee has had vouchers for religious schools for two decades and charters for three decades. Diane Ravitch, Time, "The Education Reform Movement Has Failed America. We Need Common Sense Solutions That Work.," 1 Feb. 2020 Aguiar Neto, an electrical engineer by training, previously served as the rector of Mackenzie Presbyterian University (MPU), a private religious school here. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s pick of a creationist to lead its higher education agency rattles scientists," 26 Jan. 2020 This case asks whether the federal Constitution allows the wholesale exclusion of religious schools from scholarship programs. John Mccormack, National Review, "A Promising Day for Religious Liberty at the High Court," 23 Jan. 2020 The parents sued after the Department of Revenue barred the use of scholarship money at religious schools. Greg Stohr, BostonGlobe.com, "Religious-school aid divides U.S. Supreme Court justices," 22 Jan. 2020 The federal government supports Espinoza and the religious freedom fighters. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A major church and state case ignites ungodly amounts of debate at US Supreme Court," 21 Jan. 2020 This includes religious schools, which typically fall on the lower end of the tuition spectrum. Anna Bahney, CNN, "How to pay for private school," 15 Jan. 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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The first known use of religious was in the 13th century

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Religious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religious. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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