Definition of religious in English:

religious

adjective

  • 1Relating to or believing in a religion.

    ‘both men were deeply religious, intelligent, and moralistic’
    ‘religious music’
    • ‘Previous studies indicate that religious affiliation played an important role in shaping attitudes toward abortion.’
    • ‘He argues that religious fundamentalism is the greatest threat to Western freedom currently on the political radar.’
    • ‘Time and time again I asked myself why I had returned to set religious texts to choral music.’
    • ‘If you want to call it religious, go ahead, but that's not the point.’
    • ‘My timing was right, and I dropped by the magnificent St. Stephen's as a special religious music program was in progress.’
    • ‘Despite becoming devoutly religious, he was arrested for shoplifting during 2004.’
    • ‘Many new religious observances were designed by the feminist movement in the Church.’
    • ‘Both appear to agree that religious zealots should be regarded as the authentic voice of their faith.’
    • ‘I didn't consider myself religious, nor do I now.’
    • ‘When viewing their artwork many themes emerge including bright colors, music and religious symbols.’
    • ‘The family is deeply religious, and Reid's faith keeps him centered and grounded.’
    • ‘Some of my family are deeply religious, on my partners side.’
    • ‘Well, the Hawkins family are deeply religious.’
    • ‘Through domestic items, religious ceremonies, music and oral histories we can see direct relations with past and present African cultures.’
    • ‘After World War II, many new religious sects were founded and existing sects expanded enormously.’
    • ‘Rather than being religious in character, the Shrine concerns relations between community and memory.’
    • ‘‘Come here and get your DVD for later tonight,’ one of them suggested, as he blasted religious music.’
    • ‘These musicians used their art to rebel against the communist regimes of their countries by composing religious music, then forbidden.’
    • ‘Many of these professional women have been religious since birth; equally as many are newly returned to traditional Judaism.’
    • ‘Is it something of a counterpoint or does it counteract the overtly religious narrative art tradition of Catholicism?’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Differing religious beliefs and practices can be divisive.’
      • ‘The result was a matted, knotted hairstyle that honored the Rastafarian religious beliefs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In other words, only those possessed of deep religious beliefs are capable laying down their lives for their country.’
      • ‘Although people have deep religious beliefs, they follow the dictates of their own conscience in church matters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Further, among married couples and those with children, religious beliefs and practices hold increased levels of significance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But remember, it is not necessary to have a formal religious practice or a belief in God to prove conscientious objection.’
      • ‘A complex woman of strong character and independent thought, Wells was shaped by firm moral convictions and profound religious beliefs.’
      • ‘Grounded in religious beliefs and faith, watermen feel that man cannot and need not fully understand the blue crab.’
      • ‘Many psychiatric inpatients indicate that spiritual / religious beliefs and practices help them to cope.’
      • ‘We have been allowed to continue practicing our religious beliefs as we choose.’
      • ‘Until recently I knew very little about Mennonites, the diversity of their religious beliefs and practices, and how most lead quite contemporary lives.’
      • ‘My own religious practices and beliefs have nothing at all to do with the perception of those around me.’
      • ‘We practice our religious beliefs, but I still have a problem with bringing a child into this sinful, dying world.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Joseph II reduced the number of religious houses belonging to the contemplative orders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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//rəˈlɪdʒəs/