- of, relating to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
- imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
- scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
- pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
- appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
- a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
- the religious, devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
Origin of religious
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Examples from the Web for religious
In 2009, a Pakistani Christian woman got into a religious argument with some Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
In the midst of this religious and political turmoil, drug trafficking thrives.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Religious profiteering has spread beyond the tourism industry.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
There were mass closures of churches, mosques, and monasteries, and new taxes on religious facilities.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church
December 28, 2014
It is not necessarily his own religious belief that he will select.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"I do not agree with you in your religious sentiments, Ashton, as you know," said George.Life in London
There was too much political and religious intrigue--she thought.De Libris: Prose and Verse
It is not my intention to do more than touch upon the religious wars of the Cvennes.The Roof of France
"Don't talk like that about a religious gathering, Henry," said his sister, frowning.In the Midst of Alarms
- of, relating to, or concerned with religion
- pious; devout; godly
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the religious
- appropriate to or in accordance with the principles of a religion
- scrupulous, exact, or conscientious
- Christianity of or relating to a way of life dedicated to religion by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and defined by a monastic rule
- Christianity a member of an order or congregation living by such a rule; a monk, friar, or nun
Word Origin and History for religious
c.1200, "devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion," from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning "pertaining to religion" is from 1530s. Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.