noun, plural re·li·gious.
Origin of religious
Examples from the Web for religiousness
In the treasures of wisdom is understanding, and religiousness of knowledge: but to sinners wisdom is an abomination.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
There is a great deal of so-called religious exercise and activity, attempts to produce more "religiousness," as it is termed.The Prophet Ezekiel|Arno C. Gaebelein
The initiate lives in an atmosphere charged with religiousness, and it is as though he were impregnated with it himself.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
How plainly it tells of religiousness and perhaps of fanaticism!The Redemption of David Corson|Charles Frederic Goss
Religiousness may be at times but a cloak for moral laxity, and to some rite is more than right.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St Luke|Henry Burton
British Dictionary definitions for religiousness
- pious; devout; godly
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the religious
Word Origin and History for religiousness
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.