Religion meaning

rĭ-lĭjən
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Religion is a set of beliefs about God or the supernatural.

An example of religion is Christianity.

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A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

A person for whom art became a religion.

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The life or condition of a person in a religious order.

A widow who went into religion and became a nun.

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Any practice that someone or some group is seriously devoted to.

At this point, Star Trek has really become a religion.

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The state or way of life of a person in a monastery, convent, etc.
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The belief in and worship of a supernatural controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.

My brother tends to value religion, but my sister not as much.

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A particular system of faith and worship.

Islam is a major religion in parts of Asia and Africa.

Eckankar is a new religion but Zoroastrianism is an old religion.

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Any object of conscientious regard and pursuit.
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The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.

The monk entered religion when he was 20 years of age.

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(informal) get religion
  • To become religious or devout.
  • To resolve to end one's immoral behavior.
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(informal) get religion
  • to become religious
  • to become very conscientious or earnest about something
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

get religion
get religion

Origin of religion

  • Middle English religioun from Old French religion from Latin religiō religiōn- perhaps from religāre to tie fast rely

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From religiōn-, the stem of the Latin religiō (“scrupulousness", “pious misgivings", “superstition", “conscientiousness", “sanctity", “an object of veneration", “cult-observance", “reverence"), from relegō (“I bind back or behind"), from re- + legō (“I choose, select; collect, gather").

    From Wiktionary