Definition of religious in English:

religious

adjective

  • 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, committed
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    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/rəˈlijəs/