- 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
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1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.
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Examples from the Web for devoutness
A feeling of devoutness does not cover at all the sense I mean.
Religion isn't a feeling of piety or devoutness; it is action.
And you wish me to believe in the devoutness of that man's daughter!Cosmopolis, Complete
He was struck by the strange contrast of devoutness and love of liberty.
There was nothing to say against the devoutness of M. de Moirod.
- deeply religious; reverent
- sincere; earnest; heartfelta devout confession
C13: from Old French devot, from Late Latin dēvōtus, from Latin: faithful; see devote
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Word Origin and History for devoutness
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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