noun, plural re·li·gious.
Origin of religious
Examples from the Web for religious
In 2009, a Pakistani Christian woman got into a religious argument with some Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries.
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.
In the midst of this religious and political turmoil, drug trafficking thrives.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Religious profiteering has spread beyond the tourism industry.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were mass closures of churches, mosques, and monasteries, and new taxes on religious facilities.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Religious thought, like all else, is subject to a law of evolution, and therefore passes through regular stages.Evolution|Joseph Le Conte
Scarcely a religious system has existed that has not worked effectively and proved true for someone.First and Last Things|H. G. Wells
Political, religious, academic, and social abuses were thrown on to the screen fearlessly.Rowlandson's Oxford|A. Hamilton Gibbs
And not only has the unpaid service aided the growth of the movement, it has also added to its moral and religious power.Organizing and Building Up the Sunday School|Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
These seances have the religious character of nearly all truly spiritistic meetings.Metapsychical Phenomena|J. Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for religious
- pious; devout; godly
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the religious
Word Origin and History for religious
c.1200, "devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion," from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning "pertaining to religion" is from 1530s. Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.