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

Fasting for religious, social, cultural, or political reasons is a practice that’s been observed for many thousands of years in a variety of societies and civilizations. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 The nurse is skeptical at first because of his religious beliefs. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Gives an Intense Reading to Her Nurse," 19 Oct. 2018 Inspired by the religious beliefs of a native Mexican community, Tropel Designs Wixarika collection consists of one-of-a-kind pieces made of yarn and beads that are part art, part objet. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Go Inside The London Design Festival, AKA Fashion Week For Decor Addicts," 2 Oct. 2018 Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed Sundays due to the owner's religious beliefs. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Studies show relationships between humans and dogs vary across cultures and societies—shaped by factors including security, companionship, transport or religious beliefs. Yana Paskova, National Geographic, "Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali," 29 June 2018 McMath's case sparked debate over brain death and religious beliefs. CBS News, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of debate over brain death, dies, mother says," 29 June 2018 Many researchers say that, for the Mexica, political power as well as religious belief is likely key to understanding the scale of the practice. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 Will Gervais, a University of Kentucky psychologist who studies perception of religious belief and atheism, points out some limitations of this work. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What the “face of God” looks like, according to 500 Christians in a psych study," 15 June 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.

Other Words from religious

religiously adverb

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