[ god-feer-ing ]

  1. deeply respectful or fearful of God.

  2. (sometimes lowercase) deeply religious; pious; devout.

Origin of God-fearing

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby God-fearing

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How to use God-fearing in a sentence

  • IT is a great blessing, and one to be esteemed more highly than wealth and high station, to have God-fearing, pious parents.

  • The son of this illustrious and God-fearing scribe was the leader among the animal-worshippers.

    The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
  • Ahaz was a wicked man and Hezekiah, his son, was a God-fearing king; Josiah was also the pious son of a wicked father.

    The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
  • I am glad to say that two of our crew are God-fearing men; and we often meet together for reading the Bible and prayer.

  • The diseases and other dangers to which he is subject are intended to keep him humble and God-fearing.

British Dictionary definitions for God-fearing


  1. pious; devout: a God-fearing people

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