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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Heck, the act of praying doesn’t even have to be religious but simply a request. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Woman shocked after state recalls license plate urging people to 'PRAY'," 11 July 2018 Barrett had been a favorite of grassroots conservatives as a young female with strong religious views who honed her judicial philosophy clerking for Antonin Scalia. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Barrett passed over for high court, but Donnelly still faces tough choice," 9 July 2018 Many have reached out to help, including Boise’s Muslim community and other religious and social groups. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Family friend says slain birthday girl was ‘mother’s shadow’," 3 July 2018 McCarthy was a very, very religious and profound guy. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Media / News / Politics Sey Hersh on his rough-and-tumble Chicago past: ‘At some point I realized I was in a tyranny’," 29 June 2018 This decision green-lights religious and ethnic discrimination that runs counter to the inclusionary principles that our country aspires to. Dawud Walid, The Root, "Muslim Travel Ban? There Has Never Been an America Without Islam or Muslims," 27 June 2018 As Adam Serwer wrote for The Atlantic on Monday, Donald Trump won the presidency by combining a superficial economic populism with appeals to resentment against religious and ethnic minorities. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Tuesday’s primaries were a good night for the populist left.," 27 June 2018 Yet Croatia itself has also learned that a nation can rise above an ethnic or religious identity. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 The trees are often revered by local communities which sometimes gather around them to hold traditional religious ceremonies and communicate with their ancestors. Washington Post, "Africa’s iconic baobab trees dying off at alarming rate," 13 July 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.

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religiously adverb

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