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devout

[dih-vout] /dɪˈvaʊt/
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
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
Synonyms
1. worshipful; holy, saintly. See religious. 3. intense, serious, fervent, ardent.
Antonyms
1. irreverent.
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Examples 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

devout

/dɪˈvaʊt/
adjective
1.
deeply religious; reverent
2.
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
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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