Definition of religious in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈlijəs/


1Relating to or believing in a religion: both men were deeply religious, intelligent, and moralistic religious music
devout, pious, reverent, godly, God-fearing, churchgoing, faithful, devoted, committed
1.1(Of a belief or practice) forming part of someone’s thought about or worship of a divine being: he has strong religious convictions
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  • Grounded in religious beliefs and faith, watermen feel that man cannot and need not fully understand the blue crab.
  • She didn't mean religious beliefs, only faith in some higher values, in some higher reality that made them feel secure in a very insecure situation.
  • Many psychiatric inpatients indicate that spiritual / religious beliefs and practices help them to cope.
spiritual, theological, scriptural, doctrinal, ecclesiastical, church, faith-based, churchly, holy, divine, sacred
1.2Belonging or relating to a monastic order or other group of people who are united by their practice of religion: religious houses were built on ancient pagan sites
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  • Joseph II reduced the number of religious houses belonging to the contemplative orders.
  • Pilgrimage to such a distant site was inevitably expensive, and often laymen are found mortgaging their estates to religious houses in order to raise the necessary finance.
  • The Taliban emerged from Pakistan's universities and religious schools as a loosely organised student militia.
1.3Treated or regarded with a devotion and scrupulousness appropriate to worship: I have a religious aversion to reading manuals
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  • But also you have to get rid of this free-trade rhetoric and jargon, because it's kind of a religious devotion to the notion of free trade.
  • McCain shows an almost religious devotion to his causes - like campaign finance reform - and is brashly outspoken.
  • Sounds like a program you'd watch with religious devotion, doesn't it?
scrupulous, conscientious, meticulous, sedulous, punctilious, strict, rigorous, close

noun (plural same)

A person bound by monastic vows.
Example sentences
  • It was not, one would think, the normal one of a religious with a church.



Pronunciation: /rəˈlijəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Participants' ratings of their own religiousness or the importance of religion in their lives was used most often, but their effects were less consistent.
  • And my early religiousness gradually developed into monotheism.
  • In fact, there are now many empirical studies, both clinical and nonclinical, on religiousness and spirituality that are being published in top-tier research journals.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin religiosus, from religio 'reverence, obligation' (see religion).

Words that rhyme with religious

irreligious, litigious, prestigious, prodigious, sacrilegious

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Syllabification: re·li·gious

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