Devout

  • 1 Devout — De*vout , a. [OE. devot, devout, F. d[ e]vot, from L. devotus devoted, p. p. of devovere. See {Devote}, v. t.] 1. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 devout — devout, pious, religious, pietistic, sanctimonious apply mainly to persons, their acts, and their words and mean showing fervor and reverence in the practice of religion. Devout stresses an attitude of mind or a feeling that leads one to such… …

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  • 3 devout — [di vout′] adj. [ME < OFr devot < L devotus, devoted (in LL(Ec), devout): see DEVOTE] 1. very religious; pious 2. showing reverence 3. earnest; sincere; heartfelt devoutly adv. devoutness n. SYN. DEVOUT implies sincere, worshipful devotion… …

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  • 4 devout — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deeply religious. 2) earnestly sincere: my devout hope. DERIVATIVES devoutly adverb devoutness noun. ORIGIN Latin devotus devoted , from devovere consecrate …

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  • 5 Devout — De*vout , n. 1. A devotee. [Obs.] Sheldon. [1913 Webster] 2. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 devout — index faithful (loyal), serious (devoted), solemn, zealous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 devout — early 13c., from O.Fr. devot pious, devoted, assiduous, from L. devotus given up by vow, devoted, pp. of devovere dedicate by vow (see DEVOTION (Cf. devotion)) …

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  • 8 devout — [adj] sincerely believing; devoted adherent, adoring, ardent, deep, earnest, faithful, fervent, fervid, genuine, godly, goody goody*, goody two shoes*, heart and soul, heartfelt, holy, intense, orthodox, passionate, pietistic, pious, prayerful,… …

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  • 9 devout — [[t]dɪva͟ʊt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A devout person has deep religious beliefs. She was a devout Christian... His devout Catholicism appeals to ordinary people. N PLURAL: the N The devout are people who are devout. ...priests instructing the devout.… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 devout — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Late Latin devotus, from Latin, past participle of devovēre Date: 13th century 1. devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises 2. expressing devotion or piety < a …

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  • 11 devout — de|vout [dıˈvaut] adj [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: devot, from Latin devotus; DEVOTE] 1.) someone who is devout has a very strong belief in a religion ▪ a devout Catholic 2.) formal a devout hope or wish is one that you feel very… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 devout — adjective 1 someone who is devout has a very strong belief in a religion: a devout Catholic 2 formal a devout hope or wish is one that you feel very strongly: It is my devout hope that we can work together in peace. devoutly adverb devoutness… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 devout — devoutly, adv. devoutness, n. /di vowt /, adj., devouter, devoutest. 1. devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious: a devout Catholic. 2. expressing devotion or piety: devout prayer. 3. earnest or sincere; hearty: He had a devout… …

    Universalium

  • 14 devout — adjective a) Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious. b) Expressing devotion or piety; as, eyes devout; sighs devout; a devout posture …

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  • 15 devout — de|vout [ dı vaut ] adjective 1. ) very religious: devout Muslims 2. ) very enthusiastic in your support for something: a devout capitalist …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 devout — adjective 1) a devout Christian Syn: pious, religious, devoted, dedicated, reverent, God fearing; holy, godly, saintly, faithful, dutiful, righteous, churchgoing, orthodox 2) a devout family man …

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  • 17 devout — UK [dɪˈvaʊt] / US adjective 1) very religious devout Muslims 2) very enthusiastic in your support for something a devout capitalist …

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  • 18 devout — adj. Devout is used with these nouns: ↑believer, ↑Buddhist, ↑Catholic, ↑Christian, ↑follower, ↑Jew, ↑Muslim …

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  • 19 devout — [13] Essentially, devout and devote [16] are the same word; they come from an identical source, but reached English along different routes. That source is dēvōtus, the past participle of Latin dēvovēre, which was a compound formed from the… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 devout — [dɪ vaʊt] adjective 1》 having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment. 2》 earnest; sincere: my devout hope. Derivatives devoutly adverb devoutness noun Origin ME: from OFr. devot, from L. devotus devoted from devovere (see devote) …

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