religious

religious
religious early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. religius, O.Fr. religious (12c., Mod.Fr. religieux) or directly from L. religiosus, from religio (see RELIGION (Cf. religion)). Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s.

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  • Religious — Re*li gious (r? l?j ?s), a. [OF. religius, religious, F. religieux, from L. religiosus. See {Religion}.] 1. Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to religion; as, a religious… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • religious — adj 1 *devout, pious, pietistic, sanctimonious Analogous words: *faithful, staunch, steadfast, true: virtuous, righteous, noble, *moral, ethical: *upright, just, honorable, honest Antonyms: irreligious Contrasted words: ungodly, godless (s …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • religious — [ri lij′əs] adj. [OFr < L religiosus] 1. characterized by adherence to religion or a religion; devout; pious; godly 2. of, concerned with, appropriate to, or teaching religion [religious books] 3. belonging to a community of monks, nuns, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • religious — [adj1] concerning belief in divinity believing, born again*, canonical, churchgoing, churchly, clerical, deistic, devotional, devout, divine, doctrinal, ecclesiastical, god fearing, godly, holy, ministerial, moral, orthodox, pietistic, pious,… …   New thesaurus

  • Religious — Re*li gious, n. A person bound by monastic vows, or sequestered from secular concern, and devoted to a life of piety and religion; a monk or friar; a nun. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • religious — index sacrosanct, solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • religious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, concerned with, or believing in a religion. 2) treated or regarded with care and devotion appropriate to worship. ► NOUN (pl. same) ▪ a person bound by monastic vows. DERIVATIVES religiously adverb religiousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • religious — religiously, adv. religiousness, n. /ri lij euhs/, adj., n., pl. religious. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday. 2. imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man. 3. scrupulously… …   Universalium

  • religious — 1. adjective /ɹɪˈlɪdʒəs/ a) Concerning religion. It is the job of this court to rule on legal matters. We do not consider religious issues. b) Committed to the practice of religion. I was much more religious as a teenager than I am now. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • religious — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French religius, from Latin religiosus, from religio Date: 13th century 1. relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity < a religious person > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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