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[dih-vout] /dɪˈvaʊt/
adjective, devouter, devoutest.
devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious:
a devout Catholic.
expressing devotion or piety:
devout prayer.
earnest or sincere; hearty:
He had a devout allegiance to the political regime.
Origin of devout
1175-1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devo(u)t < Late Latin dēvotus, Latin: devoted; see devote
Related forms
devoutly, adverb
devoutness, noun
nondevout, adjective
nondevoutly, adverb
nondevoutness, noun
undevout, adjective
undevoutly, adverb
undevoutness, noun
1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.
1. irreverent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for devout
  • Some miracles seem to have much more profound implications, at least to the devout.
  • From his childhood he was remarkably pious and devout.
  • It was a shocking image in the devoutly Buddhist nation.
  • But they are still cherished by devout meteor observers.
  • And they're all not any less serious, informed, sincere or devout for doing so.
  • Such things, devout Sikhs insist, never happen inside a gurdwara.
  • Linnaeus, a devout Christian with no concept of evolution, today might barely recognize much of the system he spawned.
  • She is a devout Buddhist and there was a definite link in terms of the imagery she filled her studio with.
  • As the years went by, both the hair of the angels and the hair of the devout artist turned from dark brown to white.
  • Piercing, booming music fills every atom of the dramatic and ornate church and transports the prayers of the devout toward heaven.
British Dictionary definitions for devout


deeply religious; reverent
sincere; earnest; heartfelt: a devout confession
Derived Forms
devoutly, adverb
devoutness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French devot, from Late Latin dēvōtus, from Latin: faithful; see devote
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Word Origin and History for devout

early 13c., from Old French devot "pious, devoted, assiduous," from Latin devotus "given up by vow, devoted," past participle of devovere "dedicate by vow" (see devotion).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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