- The outer acts are swift and urgent, transcendental but never religiose.
- Yet although Billings was never religiose, the fact that his merry music is dedicated to his God seems to have kept it pristine: whereas the work of the earliest secular composer Broyles examines is mainly of documentary interest.
- Of course, a reader doesn't have to accept the essays' religiose atmospherics or fabulist presumption to be affected by Berger's tone.
Mid 19th century: from Latin religiosus, from religio 'reverence, obligation'.
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