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 But about two dozen civic, religious and community leaders pushed back, saying the money was desperately needed for where it had been earmarked: jails, paying for probation and expanding social services. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "California Gave Billions in Taxpayer Dollars to Improve Jails. But That’s Not How These Sheriffs Are Spending It.," 28 Dec. 2019 Relatives of the dead and religious and community leaders presented flowers at mass graves of victims in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. BostonGlobe.com, "BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Thousands of people knelt in prayer in Indonesia’s Aceh province at ceremonies Thursday marking the 15th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, one of modern history’s worst natural disasters.," 27 Dec. 2019 Bint Jebail offers religious and cultural programs, children's activities, and scholarships to high school students. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "In memoriam: A look back at who Michigan lost in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 Liberalism developed as part of the modern rebellion against the oppressive hierarchical social, religious, and political structures of the Middle Ages, and so prizes individual liberty, private interests, and personal rights. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "A Rebirth of Communal Liberty?," 26 Dec. 2019 Nonresidential projects include office, retail, hotels, industrial, educational, health care, religious and other buildings. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Houston area construction projects surge in October," 26 Nov. 2019 Next month sees the highly religious and divisive ritual of the Grand Harvest. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement," 21 Oct. 2019 Mayor said Wednesday the county is committing religious and housing discrimination against the Amish. Spencer Durham, Detroit Free Press, "ACLU of Michigan takes up cases of 14 Amish families under scrutiny in Lenawee County," 19 Dec. 2019 Varied definitions of persecution, hard-to-reach populations and overlapping religious and ethnic identities all complicate data-gathering. The Economist, "A useful stick Christians are persecuted in many places. Autocrats exploit this," 18 Dec. 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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Religious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religiousness. Accessed 17 January 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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