devout

[dih-vout]
adjective, devouter, devoutest.
1.
devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious: a devout Catholic.
2.
expressing devotion or piety: devout prayer.
3.
earnest or sincere; hearty: He had a devout allegiance to the political regime.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French devo(u)t < Late Latin dēvotus, Latin: devoted; see devote

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.
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devout (dɪˈvaʊt)
 
adj
1.  deeply religious; reverent
2.  sincere; earnest; heartfelt: a devout confession
 
[C13: from Old French devot, from Late Latin dēvōtus, from Latin: faithful; see devote]
 
de'voutly
 
adv
 
de'voutness
 
n

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devout
early 13c., from O.Fr. devot, from L. devotus "given up by vow, devoted," pp. of devovere "dedicate by vow" (see devotion).
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Example sentences
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.
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