- 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
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Examples from the Web for devoutly
One of the most devoutly sought goals for which the Brits travel to the United States is rehabilitation.The Reinvention of Prince Harry: Why His U.S. Visit Is a Huge Success
May 15, 2013
In an obscure, devoutly Muslim ethnic group in Indonesia, women are revered—and own key land and property.Islam’s Secret Feminists
September 4, 2011
Moreover, killing bin Laden gave him the consummation he most devoutly wished, namely a fast-track to paradise.Bin Laden Should Have Been Captured, Not Killed
May 3, 2011
Politically conservative and devoutly religious, my parents are the antithesis to Cyrus in every way.Why Ahmadinejad Could Still Lose
June 10, 2009
Ever the good church lady, she folds her body into devoutly prayerful form, on cue.Thandie Nails Condi
Patricia J. Williams
October 21, 2008
"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
- deeply religious; reverent
- sincere; earnest; heartfelta devout confession
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).