Definition of devout in English:

devout

adjective

  • 1Having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment.

    ‘she was a devout Catholic’
    ‘a rabbi's devout prayers’
    • ‘When I was brought back to faith it was through the prayers of my devout mother.’
    • ‘All of which grounds him in a conventionally moral and religiously devout realm.’
    • ‘My parents don't have much of a religious background, but my maternal grandmother is a very devout southern baptist.’
    • ‘He was a devout and mystical Muslim, or Sufi, hence his religious views are particularly revealing of Islam.’
    • ‘Although a devout Sikh, he took part in religious acts with Muslims and Hindus as well.’
    • ‘No one struggling to live the devout life will fail to recognize that prayer.’
    • ‘By this means you can count with a minimum expenditure of attention, as a devout Catholic counts his prayers on a rosary.’
    • ‘For the devout Hindus who pray at tiny ponds and puddles, the Saraswati is both a real river and a deity.’
    • ‘A meal here is a devout religious observance, and also a session of psychotherapy.’
    • ‘But this is just speculation and there may be many members of the Church who live devout lives.’
    • ‘At the same time he was a believer in all sorts of myths and mysteries, and a devout worshipper of divinities both Greek and Oriental.’
    • ‘This prompted my question as to whether she was devout in her personal religion.’
    • ‘The kirpan has deep religious significance to devout Sikhs and is not a weapon.’
    • ‘My Grandmother read the bible every day and was a devout believer in God.’
    • ‘I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer.’
    • ‘Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.’
    • ‘So we have an enormous amount of evidence of widespread religious behaviour and of devout behaviour as well.’
    • ‘She was a single lady who was a devout Catholic and deeply religious.’
    • ‘By what right does the developed world claim the moral high ground over poorer, but religiously devout, societies?’
    • ‘Sometimes, though rarely, one may even find a devout religious exclamation.’
    pious, religious, devoted, dedicated, reverent, god-fearing, believing, spiritual, prayerful, holy, godly, saintly, faithful, dutiful, righteous, churchgoing, orthodox
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    1. 1.1 Totally committed to a cause or belief.
      ‘the most devout environmentalist’
      • ‘Few espouse political ideologies of any sort, since devout beliefs can impede one's effectiveness as a peacekeeper.’
      • ‘Here's a sort of companion post to the previous one, in being about some of the things said and done in the name of devout belief.’
      dedicated, devoted, committed, loyal, faithful, staunch, genuine, firm, steadfast, resolute, unwavering, sincere, wholehearted, keen, earnest, enthusiastic, zealous, passionate, ardent, fervent, intense, vehement, active, sworn, pledged
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French devot, from Latin devotus devoted past participle of devovere (see devote).

Pronunciation

devout

/dəˈvout/