A religious person praying.
- An example of religious is a church choir.
- An example of religious is a person who goes to church every Sunday and reads the Bible every day.
The definition of religious is someone or something believing in or related to religion.
- characterized by adherence to religion or a religion; devout; pious; godly
- of, concerned with, appropriate to, or teaching religion: religious books
- belonging to a community of monks, nuns, etc.
- conscientiously exact; careful; scrupulous
Origin of religiousOld French from Classical Latin religiosus
a member of a community of monks, nuns, etc.
- Having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity.
- Of, concerned with, or teaching religion: a religious text.
- Extremely scrupulous or conscientious: religious devotion to duty.
A member of a monastic order, especially a nun or monk.
Origin of religiousMiddle English from Old French from Latin religiōsus from religiō religion ; see religion .
religious devout pious
These adjectives mean having or showing a belief in and veneration for God or a divine power, especially as it is reflected in the practice of religion. Religious implies adherence to religion in both belief and practice: The cathedral at Chartres is an expression of the religious fervor of the Middle Ages. Devout connotes ardent faith and sincere devotion: Devout Muslims observe Ramadan punctiliously. Pious stresses dutiful, reverential discharge of religious duties: a pious woman who attends Mass every morning.
(comparative more religious, superlative most religious)
- Concerning religion.
- It is the job of this court to rule on legal matters. We do not consider religious issues.
- Committed to the practice of religion.
- I was much more religious as a teenager than I am now.
- Highly dedicated, as one would be to a religion.
- I'm a religious fan of college basketball.
- A member of a religious order, i.e. a monk or nun.