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devout

[dih-vout]
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adjective, de·vout·er, de·vout·est.
  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 allegiance to the political regime.
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Origin of devout

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devo(u)t < Late Latin dēvotus, Latin: devoted; see devote
Related formsde·vout·ly, adverbde·vout·ness, nounnon·de·vout, adjectivenon·de·vout·ly, adverbnon·de·vout·ness, nounun·de·vout, adjectiveun·de·vout·ly, adverbun·de·vout·ness, noun

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1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.

Antonyms

1. irreverent.
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Examples from the Web for devoutness

Historical Examples

  • A feeling of devoutness does not cover at all the sense I mean.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • Religion isn't a feeling of piety or devoutness; it is action.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • And you wish me to believe in the devoutness of that man's daughter!

  • He was struck by the strange contrast of devoutness and love of liberty.

  • There was nothing to say against the devoutness of M. de Moirod.


British Dictionary definitions for devoutness

devout

adjective
  1. deeply religious; reverent
  2. sincere; earnest; heartfelta devout confession
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Derived Formsdevoutly, adverbdevoutness, 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 devoutness

devout

adj.

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).

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