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Meaning of RELIGIOUS

Pronunciation:  ri'lijus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
  2. [adj]  having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude"
  3. [adj]  concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "monks of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
  4. [adj]  extremely scrupulous and conscientious; "religious in observing the rules of health"
  5. [adj]  relating to or concerned with religion or spiritual things; especially dedicated to service in a religion; "a monk of a religious order"; "spiritual leaders"; "religious books"; "spiritual songs"

RELIGIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: churchgoing, churchlike, churchly, devout, god-fearing, interfaith, pious, sacred, scrupulous, spiritual, spiritual
 Antonyms: irreligious
 See Also: Benedictine, cenobite, coenobite, eremite, friar, mendicant, Merton, monastic, monk, nun, religionist, religious person, superior, Thomas Merton, votary



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*li"gious\ (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. \Re*li"gious\, 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.