adjective, de·vout·er, de·vout·est.

devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious: a devout Catholic.
expressing devotion or piety: devout prayer.
earnest or sincere; hearty: He had a devout allegiance to the political regime.

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

Synonyms for devout

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

Antonyms for devout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for devoutly

Contemporary Examples of devoutly

Historical Examples of devoutly

  • "Thank goodness for a good many things," said Mr. Hammond, devoutly.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I devoutly wished I might see his face when he read my letter.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Albert devoutly wished they had jumped—and landed—before his arrival.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • For Arlt's sake, Thayer devoutly hoped that the supper would be a success.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • I devoutly hoped that permission would be refused, but it was not.


    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for devoutly



deeply religious; reverent
sincere; earnest; heartfelta devout confession
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 devoutly



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper