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God-fearing

[god-feer-ing] /ˈgɒdˌfɪər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
deeply respectful or fearful of God.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) deeply religious; pious; devout.
Origin of God-fearing
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • There was no parson aboard, but the skipper was a God-fearing man.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Try to associate with God-fearing people and live with them, then you will learn only good.

  • The humble and the God-fearing among the people possessed the key of their own safety.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • Now, there are many God-fearing ministers who cannot stand a rebuff.

    Gathering Jewels James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • The worry wore her out, and a brave God-fearing woman of the people went down to her grave commanding her husband to work on.

British Dictionary definitions for God-fearing

God-fearing

adjective
1.
pious; devout: a God-fearing people
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Word Origin and History for God-fearing

god-fearing

adj.

1759, from God + fearing (see fear).

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