[ ri-lij-uhs ]
/ rɪˈlɪdʒ əs /


noun, plural re·li·gious.

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

1175–1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin religiōsus, equivalent to religi(ō) religion + -ōsus -ous

SYNONYMS FOR religious

2 reverent. Religious, devout, pious indicate a spirit of reverence toward God. Religious is a general word, applying to whatever pertains to faith or worship: a religious ceremony. Devout indicates a fervent spirit, usually genuine and often independent of outward observances: a deeply devout though unorthodox church member. Pious implies constant attention to, and extreme conformity with, outward observances. It can also suggest sham or hypocrisy: a pious hypocrite.
3 devoted, unswerving, meticulous.

ANTONYMS FOR religious

Related forms

Can be confused

religious sacrilegious sacrosanct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antireligious

British Dictionary definitions for antireligious (1 of 2)


/ (ˌæntɪrɪˈlɪdʒəs) /


opposed to religious ideas, beliefs, and organizationsantireligious propaganda

British Dictionary definitions for antireligious (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈlɪdʒəs) /


of, relating to, or concerned with religion
  1. pious; devout; godly
  2. (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

Derived Forms

religiously, adverbreligiousness, noun
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