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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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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!

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • 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.

  • devoutness I knew to be goodness; but I could see it was not power.

  • Lucy's serene grace of devoutness was beautiful, if not edifying to behold.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • She was the first wife he had ever had, and he wished a devoutness in that consummation.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • A pretension to devoutness and asceticism was one of the fashions in Molire's time.

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • Still, its avowed purpose is to induce a feeling of devoutness in the congregation.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
British Dictionary definitions for devoutness


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 devoutness



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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