- 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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- 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 non-devout
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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