Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Devoted to religion or to the fulfillment of religious obligations. See Synonyms at religious.
  • adj. Displaying reverence or piety.
  • adj. Sincere; earnest: devout wishes for their success.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious.
  • adj. Expressing devotion or piety; as, eyes devout; sighs devout; a devout posture.
  • adj. Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest; as, devout wishes for one's welfare.
  • n. A devotee.
  • n. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious.
  • adj. Expressing devotion or piety
  • adj. Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest.
  • n. A devotee.
  • n. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Yielding a solemn and reverential devotion to God in religious exercises, particularly in prayer; devoted to the worship and service of God; pious; religious; consecrated in spirit.
  • Expressing devotion or piety.
  • Sincere; solemn; earnest: as, you have my devout wishes for your safety.
  • n. A devotee.
  • n. A devotional composition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deeply religious
  • adj. earnest

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēvōtus, past participle of dēvovēre, to vow; see devote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • They appreciate devout truths in devout language (I Con 2.13 RSV marginal).

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  • Believers ought to assimilate how a assorted tools of their being work or they shall not be equates to to thoughts a devout from a soulical.

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  • This component contingency not be neglected in devout work.

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  • This lasted a short while, however, and she shed her veil and habit for chinchilla and diamonds – though she professed to remain devout, having a copy of The Imitation of Christ by her bedside.

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  • It's whether the indignance of the devout is valid in the ethos I'm ascribing to Art, whether Art itself accepts the sacrosanct status of religious symbols, whether Art respects or disrespects those claims.

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  • As one can see in the popular icon of the same name, the demons will pull even the most devout from the ladder if they do not take the necessary precautions.

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  • I called her devout as that is her argument, which holds about as much water as a true moslem handling haram booze to infidel kuffir; whilst at the same time complaining about dressing like a prostitute.

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  • See Acts 10:12, where he is described as a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave charity to the people, and prayed continually to God.

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  • Still, as Gerard thought back over what he knew of the minotaur race, he had always heard them described as devout followers of their former god, Sargonnas, who was himself a minotaur.

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  • The sunbeams streaming through their feathery arches brighten the ground, and you walk beneath the radiant ceiling in devout subdued mood, as if you were in a grand cathedral with mellow light sifting through colored windows, while the flowery pillared aisles open enchanting vistas in every direction.

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