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religious

[ri-lij-uh s] /rɪˈlɪdʒ əs/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion:
a religious holiday.
2.
imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly:
a religious man.
3.
scrupulously faithful; conscientious:
religious care.
4.
pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
5.
appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
noun, plural religious.
6.
a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
7.
the religious, devout or religious persons:
Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin religiōsus, equivalent to religi(ō) religion + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
religiously, adverb
religiousness, noun
antireligious, adjective
antireligiously, adverb
nonreligious, adjective
nonreligiously, adverb
nonreligiousness, noun
overreligious, adjective
overreligiously, adverb
prereligious, adjective
pseudoreligious, adjective
pseudoreligiously, adverb
quasi-religious, adjective
quasi-religiously, adverb
ultrareligious, adjective
ultrareligiously, adverb
ultrareligiousness, noun
Can be confused
religious, sacrilegious, sacrosanct.
Synonyms
2. reverent. Religious, devout, pious indicate a spirit of reverence toward God. Religious is a general word, applying to whatever pertains to faith or worship: a religious ceremony. Devout indicates a fervent spirit, usually genuine and often independent of outward observances: a deeply devout though unorthodox church member. Pious implies constant attention to, and extreme conformity with, outward observances. It can also suggest sham or hypocrisy: a pious hypocrite. 3. devoted, unswerving, meticulous.
Antonyms
2. impious.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-religious

religious

/rɪˈlɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or concerned with religion
2.
  1. pious; devout; godly
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the) the religious
3.
appropriate to or in accordance with the principles of a religion
4.
scrupulous, exact, or conscientious
5.
(Christianity) of or relating to a way of life dedicated to religion by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and defined by a monastic rule
noun
6.
(Christianity) a member of an order or congregation living by such a rule; a monk, friar, or nun
Derived Forms
religiously, adverb
religiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-religious

religious

adj.

c.1200, "devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion," from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning "pertaining to religion" is from 1530s. Transferred sense of "scrupulous, exact" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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