religious


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 faithful; conscientious: religious care.
4. pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
5. appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
n.
6. a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
7. the religious, devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
[1175-1225; ME ( < OF) < L religiosus, equiv. to religi(o) RELIGION + -osus -OUS]
Syn. 2. reverent. RELIGIOUS, DEVOUT, PIOUS indicate a spirit of reverence toward God. RELIGIOUS is a general word, applying to whatever pertains to faith or worship: a religious ceremony. DEVOUT indicates a fervent spirit, usually genuine and often independent of outward observances: a deeply devout though unorthodox church member. PIOUS implies constant attention to, and extreme conformity with, outward observances. It can also suggest sham or hypocrisy: a pious hypocrite. 3. devoted, unswerving, meticulous.
Ant. 2. impious.

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