of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion
: a religious holiday.
imbued with or exhibiting religion
; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
appropriate to religion
or to sacred rites or observances.
noun, plural religious.
a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
the religious, devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
Origin: 1175–1225; Middle English Related forms
(< Old French
) < Latin religiōsus,
equivalent to religi
+ -ōsus -ous
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.