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adjective, de·vout·er, de·vout·est.
  1. devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious: a devout Catholic.
  2. expressing devotion or piety: devout prayer.
  3. earnest or sincere; hearty: He had a devout allegiance to the political regime.
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Origin of devout

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devo(u)t < Late Latin dēvotus, Latin: devoted; see devote
Related formsde·vout·ly, adverbde·vout·ness, nounnon·de·vout, adjectivenon·de·vout·ly, adverbnon·de·vout·ness, nounun·de·vout, adjectiveun·de·vout·ly, adverbun·de·vout·ness, noun

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1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.

Antonyms for devout

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Related Words for undevout

agnostic, atheistic, blasphemous, faithless, godless, heathen, iconoclastic, impious, irreverent, pagan, sacrilegious, sinful, unbelieving, unholy, undevout

Examples from the Web for undevout

Historical Examples of undevout

  • I envy not him who is undevout in the presence of so much Beauty.

    Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women

    George Sumner Weaver

  • Victor opened his eyes and glared at her with undevout opposition.

    In Blue Creek Caon

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • The age of enlightenment was to him an undevout and inartistic age.

  • For the undevout, Good Friday was a feast day and a day of jollification.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary

  • It was not his business to defend Mr. Carlton against the disaffected and the undevout.


    E. W. Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for undevout


  1. deeply religious; reverent
  2. sincere; earnest; heartfelta devout confession
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Derived Formsdevoutly, adverbdevoutness, noun

Word Origin for devout

C13: from Old French devot, from Late Latin dēvōtus, from Latin: faithful; see devote
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Word Origin and History for undevout



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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