re·li·gious (r-ljs)
1. Having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity.
2. Of, concerned with, or teaching religion: a religious text.
3. Extremely scrupulous or conscientious: religious devotion to duty.
n. pl. religious
A member of a monastic order, especially a nun or monk.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin religisus, from religi, religion; see religion.]
re·ligious·ly adv.
re·ligious·ness n.
Synonyms: religious, devout, pious
These adjectives mean having or showing a belief in and veneration for God or a divine power, especially as it is reflected in the practice of religion. Religious implies adherence to religion in both belief and practice: The cathedral at Chartres is an expression of the religious fervor of the Middle Ages.
Devout connotes ardent faith and sincere devotion: Devout Muslims observe Ramadan punctiliously.
Pious stresses dutiful, reverential discharge of religious duties: a pious woman who attends Mass every morning.

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religious [r?'l?d??s]
1. of, relating to, or concerned with religion
a. pious; devout; godly
b. (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 / Ecclesiastical Terms) 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

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religiously adv
religiousness n

ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun 1. religious religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
friar, mendicant - a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
monastic, monk - a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
Benedictine - a monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict
Jesuit - a member of the Jesuit order
nun - a woman religious
eremite - a Christian recluse
cenobite, coenobite - a member of a religious order living in common
superior - the head of a religious community
votary - one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service; "monasteries of votaries"
Adj. 1. religious - concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "a member of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
2. religious - having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude"
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"
irreligious - hostile or indifferent to religion
3. religious - of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows; "the religious or regular clergy conducts the service"
secular - of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows; "the secular clergy"
4. religious - extremely scrupulous and conscientious; "religious in observing the rules of health"
scrupulous - having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled; "less scrupulous producers sent bundles that were deceptive in appearance"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
1. spiritual, holy, sacred, divine, theological, righteous, sectarian, sanctified, doctrinal, devotional, scriptural different religious beliefs
2. devout, believing, godly, committed, holy, practising, faithful, pious, God-fearing, reverent, pure, churchgoing They are both very religious.
devout rational, secular, infidel, godless, irreligious, unbelieving
3. conscientious, exact, faithful, rigid, rigorous, meticulous, scrupulous, fastidious, unerring, unswerving, punctilious The clientele turned up, with religious regularity, every night.