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devout

[dih-vout]
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adjective, de·vout·er, de·vout·est.
  1. devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious: a devout Catholic.
  2. expressing devotion or piety: devout prayer.
  3. earnest or sincere; hearty: He had a devout allegiance to the political regime.
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Origin of devout

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devo(u)t < Late Latin dēvotus, Latin: devoted; see devote
Related formsde·vout·ly, adverbde·vout·ness, nounnon·de·vout, adjectivenon·de·vout·ly, adverbnon·de·vout·ness, nounun·de·vout, adjectiveun·de·vout·ly, adverbun·de·vout·ness, noun

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1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.

Antonyms for devout

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Related Words for devout

faithful, zealous, sincere, fervent, ardent, passionate, religious, pious, adoring, adherent, deep, earnest, fervid, genuine, godly, goody-goody, heartfelt, holy, intense, orthodox

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Historical Examples of devout

  • He really grew quite tender and devout over these meditations.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Hawkins and Drake were as devout and humane as other men of their time.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • He is zealous but not fanatical, but equally superstitious as devout.

  • All the devout women of the town were full of excitement about his preaching.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for devout

devout

adjective
  1. deeply religious; reverent
  2. sincere; earnest; heartfelta devout confession
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Derived Formsdevoutly, adverbdevoutness, noun

Word Origin for devout

C13: from Old French devot, from Late Latin dēvōtus, from Latin: faithful; see devote
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Word Origin and History for devout

adj.

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).

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