religious
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French religius, from Latin religiosus, from religio Date: 13th century 1. relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity <
a religious person
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religious attitudes
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2. of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances <
joined a religious order
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3. a. scrupulously and conscientiously faithful b. fervent, zealousreligiously adverbreligiousness noun II. noun (plural religious) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French religius, from religius, adjective Date: 13th century a member of a religious order under monastic vows

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  • Religious — Re*li gious (r? l?j ?s), a. [OF. religius, religious, F. religieux, from L. religiosus. See {Religion}.] 1. Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to religion; as, a religious… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • religious — adj 1 *devout, pious, pietistic, sanctimonious Analogous words: *faithful, staunch, steadfast, true: virtuous, righteous, noble, *moral, ethical: *upright, just, honorable, honest Antonyms: irreligious Contrasted words: ungodly, godless (s …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • religious — [ri lij′əs] adj. [OFr < L religiosus] 1. characterized by adherence to religion or a religion; devout; pious; godly 2. of, concerned with, appropriate to, or teaching religion [religious books] 3. belonging to a community of monks, nuns, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • religious — early 13c., from Anglo Fr. religius, O.Fr. religious (12c., Mod.Fr. religieux) or directly from L. religiosus, from religio (see RELIGION (Cf. religion)). Transferred sense of scrupulous, exact is recorded from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • religious — [adj1] concerning belief in divinity believing, born again*, canonical, churchgoing, churchly, clerical, deistic, devotional, devout, divine, doctrinal, ecclesiastical, god fearing, godly, holy, ministerial, moral, orthodox, pietistic, pious,… …   New thesaurus

  • Religious — Re*li gious, n. A person bound by monastic vows, or sequestered from secular concern, and devoted to a life of piety and religion; a monk or friar; a nun. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • religious — index sacrosanct, solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • religious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, concerned with, or believing in a religion. 2) treated or regarded with care and devotion appropriate to worship. ► NOUN (pl. same) ▪ a person bound by monastic vows. DERIVATIVES religiously adverb religiousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • religious — religiously, adv. religiousness, n. /ri lij euhs/, adj., n., pl. religious. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday. 2. imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man. 3. scrupulously… …   Universalium

  • religious — 1. adjective /ɹɪˈlɪdʒəs/ a) Concerning religion. It is the job of this court to rule on legal matters. We do not consider religious issues. b) Committed to the practice of religion. I was much more religious as a teenager than I am now. See Also …   Wiktionary

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