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1Relating to or believing in a religion.‘both men were deeply religious, intelligent, and moralistic’‘religious music’devout, pious, reverent, believing, godly, god-fearing, dutiful, saintly, holy, prayerful, churchgoing, practising, faithful, devoted, committedView synonyms
- 1.1 (of a belief or practice) forming part of someone's thought about or worship of a divine being.‘he has strong religious convictions’
spiritual, theological, scriptural, doctrinal, church, churchly, ecclesiastical, holy, divine, celestial, heavenly, sacred, devotional, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, hallowedView synonyms
- ‘In general, the practitioners consider religious practice and belief to be important in their life and work, and they all express faith in God.’
- ‘Many psychiatric inpatients indicate that spiritual / religious beliefs and practices help them to cope.’
- ‘The result was a matted, knotted hairstyle that honored the Rastafarian religious beliefs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One can also learn more about the religious beliefs and practices of these families.’
- ‘In other words, only those possessed of deep religious beliefs are capable laying down their lives for their country.’
- ‘A complex woman of strong character and independent thought, Wells was shaped by firm moral convictions and profound religious beliefs.’
- ‘Although people have deep religious beliefs, they follow the dictates of their own conscience in church matters.’
- ‘But remember, it is not necessary to have a formal religious practice or a belief in God to prove conscientious objection.’
- ‘Security, dignity, and freedom to be educated and to practise cultural and religious beliefs are essential to preserving a sense of identity.’
- ‘Further, among married couples and those with children, religious beliefs and practices hold increased levels of significance.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Until recently I knew very little about Mennonites, the diversity of their religious beliefs and practices, and how most lead quite contemporary lives.’
- ‘We practice our religious beliefs, but I still have a problem with bringing a child into this sinful, dying world.’
- ‘Grounded in religious beliefs and faith, watermen feel that man cannot and need not fully understand the blue crab.’
- ‘We have been allowed to continue practicing our religious beliefs as we choose.’
- ‘My own religious practices and beliefs have nothing at all to do with the perception of those around me.’
- 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.’
- 1.3 Treated or regarded with a devotion and scrupulousness appropriate to worship.‘I have a religious aversion to reading manuals’
scrupulous, conscientious, meticulous, sedulous, punctilious, zealous, strict, rigid, rigorous, exact, close, unfailing, unswerving, undeviatingView synonyms
- ‘The other thing I didn't like about it was an almost religious aversion to Microsoft.’
- ‘It also demonstrates Vegas' almost religious devotion to the new.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘"We've become religious about the design director," says Miranda.’
- ‘McCain shows an almost religious devotion to his causes - like campaign finance reform - and is brashly outspoken.’
- ‘Its artists broke every boundary they could find, mixing up art and life with almost religious devotion.’
- 1.1 (of a belief or practice) forming part of someone's thought about or worship of a divine being.
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).
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