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religious

adjective re·li·gious \ ri-ˈli-jəs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of religious

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
3 a :scrupulously and conscientiously faithful

religiously

adverb

religiousness

noun

Examples of religious in a Sentence

  1. My religious beliefs forbid the drinking of alcohol.

  2. Religious leaders called for an end to the violence.

  3. His wife is very active in the church, but he's not religious himself.

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Origin and Etymology of religious

Middle English, from Anglo-French religius, from Latin religiosus, from religio

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


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religious

noun

Definition of religious

plural religious
:a member of a religious order under monastic vows

Origin and Etymology of religious

Middle English, from Anglo-French religius, from religius, adjective

Other Christian Religious Terms


RELIGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

religious

adjective

Definition of religious for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

religious

adjective re·li·gious \ ri-ˈli-jəs \

Definition of religious for Students

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.

religiously

adverb


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