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[ri-lij-ee-os-i-tee] /rɪˌlɪdʒ iˈɒs ɪ ti/
the quality of being religious; piety; devoutness.
affected or excessive devotion to religion.
Origin of religiosity
1350-1400; Middle English religiosite < Latin religiōsitās, equivalent to religiōs(us) religious + -itās -ity
Related forms
antireligiosity, noun
overreligiosity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They satisfied the taste of the people for religiosity, if not religion.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Your morality—or rather I should say your religiosity—is beyond me, Baltic.'

    The Bishop's Secret

    Fergus Hume
  • With religiosity, if it was centred on self, she had no sympathy.

  • It is open to invasion by strange and uncouth forms of religiosity.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • Alexander had been quick to perceive the religiosity of the new world into which he had come.

    The Ancient East D. G. Hogarh
Word Origin and History for religiosity

late 14c., from Old French religiosete and directly from Late Latin religiositas "religiousness," from religiosus (see religious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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