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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The march, which organizers claim was two million strong, saw the young and the elderly, political activists and business figures, religious groups and families, take to the streets in an unprecedented show of unity. Time Staff, Time, "Escalating Their Campaign Into a Push for Political Freedom, Protesters Return to Hong Kong's Streets," 21 June 2019 Even staunch opponents, who dismiss it as unneeded or a slippery slope toward curtailing Christian religious values, doubt passage will spark another repeal attempt. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "What a Kentucky town's 20-year struggle with 'Fairness' says about rural LGBTQ rights," 21 June 2019 At Meliora Academy, the school the Festas’ son attends, 18.5 percent of students received religious waivers from vaccination. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Gov. Ned Lamont offers a tax cut for tolls, Nancy Pelosi comes to Hartford," 21 June 2019 But Tillekeratne said that four other weekly locations are operated by community and religious groups, including a father-son team that runs a Thursday morning shower operation at a Huntington Park church. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: Regular Angelenos step up amid a homelessness crisis," 19 June 2019 Civil-liberties and religious groups denounced the law. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Quebec Bans Public-Sector Employees From Wearing Religious Garb," 17 June 2019 The in-depth reporting on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers in 1985 chronicled how the religious group came to Oregon, took over the town of Antelope, poisoned people in The Dalles, and threatened the lives of public officials. oregonlive.com, "‘Wild Wild Country’ leads to ‘Wild Wild’ Portland seminar to evaluate bizarre Rajneeshee episode in Oregon," 14 June 2019 Synagogue Flats also donated historic artifacts to local preservation and religious groups. Carisa Crawford Chappell, chicagotribune.com, "As congregations shrink, Chicago churches see new life as homes, apartments and condos," 11 June 2019 Other protesters gathered on a landscaped pedestrian bridge and a waterfront, singing hymns and joining in prayers led by representatives of religious groups. New York Times, "Hong Kong Residents Block Roads to Protest Extradition Bill," 11 June 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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