[ ri-lij-uhs ]
/ rɪˈlɪdʒ əs /
of, relating to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
noun, plural re·li·gious.
a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
the religious, devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
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Origin of religious
SYNONYMS FOR religious
2 reverent. Religious, devout, pious indicate a spirit of reverence toward God. Religious is a general word, applying to whatever pertains to faith or worship: a religious ceremony. Devout indicates a fervent spirit, usually genuine and often independent of outward observances: a deeply devout though unorthodox church member. Pious implies constant attention to, and extreme conformity with, outward observances. It can also suggest sham or hypocrisy: a pious hypocrite.
3 devoted, unswerving, meticulous.
OTHER WORDS FROM religious
re·li·gious·ly, adverbre·li·gious·ness, nounan·ti·re·li·gious, adjectivean·ti·re·li·gious·ly, adverb
non·re·li·gious, adjectivenon·re·li·gious·ly, adverbnon·re·li·gious·ness, nouno·ver·re·li·gious, adjectiveo·ver·re·li·gious·ly, adverbpre·re·li·gious, adjectivepseu·do·re·li·gious, adjectivepseu·do·re·li·gious·ly, adverbqua·si-re·li·gious, adjectivequa·si-re·li·gious·ly, adverbul·tra·re·li·gious, adjectiveul·tra·re·li·gious·ly, adverbul·tra·re·li·gious·ness, noun
Words nearby religious
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Example sentences from the Web for nonreligious
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British Dictionary definitions for nonreligious (1 of 2)
/ (ˌnɒnrɪˈlɪdʒəs) /
not of or relating to religious beliefs and practices
British Dictionary definitions for nonreligious (2 of 2)
/ (rɪˈlɪdʒəs) /
of, relating to, or concerned with religion
- pious; devout; godly
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the religious
appropriate to or in accordance with the principles of a religion
scrupulous, exact, or conscientious
Christianity of or relating to a way of life dedicated to religion by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and defined by a monastic rule
Christianity a member of an order or congregation living by such a rule; a monk, friar, or nun
Derived forms of religiousreligiously, adverbreligiousness, noun
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