Definition of religious in English:



  • 1Relating to or believing in a religion.

    ‘both men were deeply religious and moralistic’
    ‘religious music’
    • ‘After World War II, many new religious sects were founded and existing sects expanded enormously.’
    • ‘Both appear to agree that religious zealots should be regarded as the authentic voice of their faith.’
    • ‘Previous studies indicate that religious affiliation played an important role in shaping attitudes toward abortion.’
    • ‘The family is deeply religious, and Reid's faith keeps him centered and grounded.’
    • ‘He argues that religious fundamentalism is the greatest threat to Western freedom currently on the political radar.’
    • ‘My timing was right, and I dropped by the magnificent St. Stephen's as a special religious music program was in progress.’
    • ‘Some of my family are deeply religious, on my partners side.’
    • ‘Through domestic items, religious ceremonies, music and oral histories we can see direct relations with past and present African cultures.’
    • ‘I didn't consider myself religious, nor do I now.’
    • ‘If you want to call it religious, go ahead, but that's not the point.’
    • ‘‘Come here and get your DVD for later tonight,’ one of them suggested, as he blasted religious music.’
    • ‘Is it something of a counterpoint or does it counteract the overtly religious narrative art tradition of Catholicism?’
    • ‘These musicians used their art to rebel against the communist regimes of their countries by composing religious music, then forbidden.’
    • ‘Despite becoming devoutly religious, he was arrested for shoplifting during 2004.’
    • ‘When viewing their artwork many themes emerge including bright colors, music and religious symbols.’
    • ‘Time and time again I asked myself why I had returned to set religious texts to choral music.’
    • ‘Well, the Hawkins family are deeply religious.’
    • ‘Many of these professional women have been religious since birth; equally as many are newly returned to traditional Judaism.’
    • ‘Rather than being religious in character, the Shrine concerns relations between community and memory.’
    • ‘Many new religious observances were designed by the feminist movement in the Church.’
    devout, pious, reverent, believing, godly, god-fearing, dutiful, saintly, holy, prayerful, churchgoing, practising, faithful, devoted, committed
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    1. 1.1(of a belief or practice) forming part of someone's faith in a divine being.
      ‘she has strong religious convictions’
      • ‘We practice our religious beliefs, but I still have a problem with bringing a child into this sinful, dying world.’
      • ‘My own religious practices and beliefs have nothing at all to do with the perception of those around me.’
      • ‘Further, among married couples and those with children, religious beliefs and practices hold increased levels of significance.’
      • ‘Grounded in religious beliefs and faith, watermen feel that man cannot and need not fully understand the blue crab.’
      • ‘In other words, only those possessed of deep religious beliefs are capable laying down their lives for their country.’
      • ‘We have been allowed to continue practicing our religious beliefs as we choose.’
      • ‘We would accordingly be required to weigh the value of every religious belief and practice that is said to be threatened by any government program.’
      • ‘The result was a matted, knotted hairstyle that honored the Rastafarian religious beliefs.’
      • ‘In general, the practitioners consider religious practice and belief to be important in their life and work, and they all express faith in God.’
      • ‘One can also learn more about the religious beliefs and practices of these families.’
      • ‘Until recently I knew very little about Mennonites, the diversity of their religious beliefs and practices, and how most lead quite contemporary lives.’
      • ‘A complex woman of strong character and independent thought, Wells was shaped by firm moral convictions and profound religious beliefs.’
      • ‘Security, dignity, and freedom to be educated and to practise cultural and religious beliefs are essential to preserving a sense of identity.’
      • ‘But remember, it is not necessary to have a formal religious practice or a belief in God to prove conscientious objection.’
      • ‘Let us hope that prisoners who wish to observe their religious beliefs and practices will now be given the means and opportunity to do so.’
      • ‘She didn't mean religious beliefs, only faith in some higher values, in some higher reality that made them feel secure in a very insecure situation.’
      • ‘Differing religious beliefs and practices can be divisive.’
      • ‘Although people have deep religious beliefs, they follow the dictates of their own conscience in church matters.’
      • ‘If Warners does not accept the Hindu demands, the Hindu community will not be a silent spectator to the humiliation of its religious beliefs and scriptures.’
      • ‘Many psychiatric inpatients indicate that spiritual / religious beliefs and practices help them to cope.’
      spiritual, theological, scriptural, doctrinal, church, churchly, ecclesiastical, holy, divine, celestial, heavenly, sacred, devotional, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, hallowed
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    2. 1.2Belonging or relating to a monastic order or other group of people who are united by their practice of religion.
      ‘religious houses were built on ancient pagan sites’
      • ‘Joseph II reduced the number of religious houses belonging to the contemplative orders.’
      • ‘Pilgrimage to such a distant site was inevitably expensive, and often laymen are found mortgaging their estates to religious houses in order to raise the necessary finance.’
      • ‘The Taliban emerged from Pakistan's universities and religious schools as a loosely organised student militia.’
    3. 1.3Treated or regarded with a devotion and scrupulousness appropriate to worship.
      ‘I have a religious aversion to reading manuals’
      • ‘Its artists broke every boundary they could find, mixing up art and life with almost religious devotion.’
      • ‘McCain shows an almost religious devotion to his causes - like campaign finance reform - and is brashly outspoken.’
      • ‘The other thing I didn't like about it was an almost religious aversion to Microsoft.’
      • ‘Sounds like a program you'd watch with religious devotion, doesn't it?’
      • ‘But also you have to get rid of this free-trade rhetoric and jargon, because it's kind of a religious devotion to the notion of free trade.’
      • ‘"We've become religious about the design director," says Miranda.’
      • ‘It also demonstrates Vegas' almost religious devotion to the new.’
      scrupulous, conscientious, meticulous, sedulous, punctilious, zealous, strict, rigid, rigorous, exact, close, unfailing, unswerving, undeviating
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  • A person bound by monastic vows.

    • ‘It was not, one would think, the normal one of a religious with a church.’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin religiosus, from religio reverence, obligation (see religion).