- of, relating to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
- imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
- scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
- pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
- appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
- a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
- the religious, devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
Origin of religious
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Examples from the Web for antireligious
As an atheist, his antireligious tract, God Is Not Great, is elegant but derivative.How Will Hitchens Be Remembered?
December 16, 2011
And this purpose was a religious one—that of counteracting the antireligious developments of Science.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
And as antireligious as they both were, they came to church and ordered a church service for Brightman.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Not even visits from Uncle Ingemar could make him change his antireligious ways.The Status Civilization
- opposed to religious ideas, beliefs, and organizationsantireligious propaganda
- of, relating to, or concerned with religion
- pious; devout; godly
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the religious
- appropriate to or in accordance with the principles of a religion
- scrupulous, exact, or conscientious
- Christianity of or relating to a way of life dedicated to religion by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and defined by a monastic rule
- Christianity a member of an order or congregation living by such a rule; a monk, friar, or nun
Word Origin and History for antireligious
c.1200, "devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion," from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning "pertaining to religion" is from 1530s. Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.