- 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.
- 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.
Origin of religious
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Examples from the Web for religiously
Congress is now 92 percent Christian, resembling more to a papal enclave than our religiously diverse nation.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Of course, the study makes a point of separating the religiously conservative from the politically conservative.Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side
October 11, 2014
It gets even more complicated on “Level 3,” religiously affiliated organizations.Why Progressives Just Woke Up and Killed ENDA
July 9, 2014
I still have family friends who watch My Cousin Vinny religiously.My Lunch with Marisa Tomei: The Actress on ‘The Realistic Joneses,’ ‘Girls,’ and de Blasio’s NYC
April 23, 2014
I watched Laguna Beach, and both of its subsidiaries—The Hills and The City—religiously.Living Like ‘The Hills’: Kristin Cavallari, Lauren Conrad, and the Phenomenon of Our Current ‘Tastemakers’
March 27, 2014
But I've known every bad place in it, and I've religiously put in your "Come, come, child!"The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She deserves a social culture, she should be religiously venerated.Fruitfulness
These did not appeal to me; I was not religiously inclined just then.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
That is to say religiously married, which is all the Church thinks necessary.The Eternal City
Again we are undone, if the French alliance is not religiously observed.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
- 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
Word Origin and History for religiously
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.