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religiosity

[ri-lij-ee-os-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the quality of being religious; piety; devoutness.
  2. affected or excessive devotion to religion.
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Origin of religiosity

1350–1400; Middle English religiosite < Latin religiōsitās, equivalent to religiōs(us) religious + -itās -ity
Related formsan·ti·re·lig·i·os·i·ty, nouno·ver·re·li·gi·os·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • They satisfied the taste of the people for religiosity, if not religion.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

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

  • 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

  • The Greek, in a word, had only his philosophies to offer to the religiosity of the East.

    The Ancient East

    D. G. Hogarh


Word Origin and History for religiosity

n.

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

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