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[dih-vout] /dɪˈvaʊt/
adjective, devouter, devoutest.
devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious:
a devout Catholic.
expressing devotion or piety:
devout prayer.
earnest or sincere; hearty:
He had a devout allegiance to the political regime.
Origin of devout
1175-1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devo(u)t < Late Latin dēvotus, Latin: devoted; see devote
Related forms
devoutly, adverb
devoutness, noun
nondevout, adjective
nondevoutly, adverb
nondevoutness, noun
undevout, adjective
undevoutly, adverb
undevoutness, noun
1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.
1. irreverent. Unabridged
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  • "Thank goodness for a good many things," said Mr. Hammond, devoutly.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I devoutly wished I might see his face when he read my letter.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Albert devoutly wished they had jumped—and landed—before his arrival.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • For Arlt's sake, Thayer devoutly hoped that the supper would be a success.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • I devoutly hoped that permission would be refused, but it was not.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for devoutly


deeply religious; reverent
sincere; earnest; heartfelt: a devout confession
Derived Forms
devoutly, adverb
devoutness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French devot, from Late Latin dēvōtus, from Latin: faithful; see devote
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Word Origin and History for devoutly



early 13c., from Old French devot "pious, devoted, assiduous," from Latin devotus "given up by vow, devoted," past participle of devovere "dedicate by vow" (see devotion).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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