Definition of religious in English:

religious

adjective

  • 1Relating to or believing in a religion:

    ‘both men were deeply religious and moralistic’
    ‘religious music’
    • ‘If you want to call it religious, go ahead, but that's not the point.’
    • ‘Despite becoming devoutly religious, he was arrested for shoplifting during 2004.’
    • ‘Many of these professional women have been religious since birth; equally as many are newly returned to traditional Judaism.’
    • ‘I didn't consider myself religious, nor do I now.’
    • ‘Many new religious observances were designed by the feminist movement in the Church.’
    • ‘Through domestic items, religious ceremonies, music and oral histories we can see direct relations with past and present African cultures.’
    • ‘He argues that religious fundamentalism is the greatest threat to Western freedom currently on the political radar.’
    • ‘‘Come here and get your DVD for later tonight,’ one of them suggested, as he blasted religious music.’
    • ‘When viewing their artwork many themes emerge including bright colors, music and religious symbols.’
    • ‘Both appear to agree that religious zealots should be regarded as the authentic voice of their faith.’
    • ‘My timing was right, and I dropped by the magnificent St. Stephen's as a special religious music program was in progress.’
    • ‘Well, the Hawkins family are deeply religious.’
    • ‘These musicians used their art to rebel against the communist regimes of their countries by composing religious music, then forbidden.’
    • ‘Previous studies indicate that religious affiliation played an important role in shaping attitudes toward abortion.’
    • ‘After World War II, many new religious sects were founded and existing sects expanded enormously.’
    • ‘Some of my family are deeply religious, on my partners side.’
    • ‘Rather than being religious in character, the Shrine concerns relations between community and memory.’
    • ‘Is it something of a counterpoint or does it counteract the overtly religious narrative art tradition of Catholicism?’
    • ‘The family is deeply religious, and Reid's faith keeps him centered and grounded.’
    • ‘Time and time again I asked myself why I had returned to set religious texts to choral music.’
    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’
      • ‘Further, among married couples and those with children, religious beliefs and practices hold increased levels of significance.’
      • ‘We have been allowed to continue practicing our religious beliefs as we choose.’
      • ‘Many psychiatric inpatients indicate that spiritual / religious beliefs and practices help them to cope.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Differing religious beliefs and practices can be divisive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But remember, it is not necessary to have a formal religious practice or a belief in God to prove conscientious objection.’
      • ‘We practice our religious beliefs, but I still have a problem with bringing a child into this sinful, dying world.’
      • ‘The result was a matted, knotted hairstyle that honored the Rastafarian religious beliefs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In other words, only those possessed of deep religious beliefs are capable laying down their lives for their country.’
      • ‘In general, the practitioners consider religious practice and belief to be important in their life and work, and they all express faith in God.’
      • ‘Although people have deep religious beliefs, they follow the dictates of their own conscience in church matters.’
      • ‘Security, dignity, and freedom to be educated and to practise cultural and religious beliefs are essential to preserving a sense of identity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My own religious practices and beliefs have nothing at all to do with the perception of those around me.’
      • ‘Grounded in religious beliefs and faith, watermen feel that man cannot and need not fully understand the blue crab.’
      spiritual, theological, scriptural, doctrinal, church, churchly, Ecclesiastical, holy, divine, celestial, heavenly, sacred, devotional, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, hallowed
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    2. 1.2 Belonging 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. 1.3 Treated or regarded with a devotion and scrupulousness appropriate to worship:
      ‘I have a religious aversion to reading manuals’
      • ‘McCain shows an almost religious devotion to his causes - like campaign finance reform - and is brashly outspoken.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sounds like a program you'd watch with religious devotion, doesn't it?’
      • ‘The other thing I didn't like about it was an almost religious aversion to Microsoft.’
      • ‘"We've become religious about the design director," says Miranda.’
      • ‘Its artists broke every boundary they could find, mixing up art and life with almost religious devotion.’
      • ‘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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noun

  • A person bound by monastic vows.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

religious

/rɪˈlɪdʒəs/