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Meaning of religious by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman relegius, religius et al., Old French religious, religieux, and their source, Latin religiōsus ( “religious, superstitious, conscientious” ), from religiō ( “religion” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɹɪˈlɪdʒəs/, X-SAMPA: /r`I"lIdZ@s/
    • Rhymes: -ɪdʒəs


    religious ( comparative more religious, superlative most religious )

    1. Concerning religion .
      It is the job of this court to rule on legal matters. We do not consider religious issues .
    2. Committed to the practice of religion .
      I was much more religious as a teenager than I am now .
    3. Highly dedicated, as one would be to a religion .
      I'm a religious fan of college basketball .


    religious ( plural: religious )

    1. A member of a religious order, i.e. a monk or nun.


    External links

    • religious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • religious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of religious by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows

    2. the religious or regular clergy conducts the service
    3. having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity

    4. a religious man
      religious attitude
    5. concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church

    6. religious texts
      a member of a religious order
    7. extremely scrupulous and conscientious

    8. religious in observing the rules of health
    1. a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience

    Definition of religious by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Religious ( r?-l?j?s ), a. [OF. religius, religious, F. religieux, from L. religiosus. See Religion.]
      1. Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to religion; as, “a religious society; a religious sect; a religious place; religious subjects, books, teachers, houses, wars.”

      Our law forbids at their religious rites

      My presence. Milton.

      2. Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as, “a religious man, life, behavior, etc.”

      Men whose lives

      Religious titled them the sons of God. Mlton

      3. Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict.

      Thus, Indianlike,

      Religious in my error, I adore

      The sun, that looks upon his worshiper. Shak.

      4. Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.

      One of them is religious. Chaucer.

      Syn. -- Pious; godly; holy; devout; devotional; conscientious; strict; rogod; exact.

    2. Religious, n. A person bound by monastic vows, or sequestered from secular concern, and devoted to a life of piety and religion; a monk or friar; a nun. Addison.