Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of being devout.
- n. The state or quality of being devout.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Quality or state of being devout.
- n. piety by virtue of being devout
“Where circumstances are favorable, this proclivity is apt to express itself in a certain servile devotional fervor and a punctilious attention to devout observances; it may perhaps be better characterized as devoutness than as religion.”
“The original film was subject to the censorship mores of the time - a consideration that meant that the book's Catholic themes (Pinkie is afflicted with a peculiar kind of devoutness), and some of its more violent scenes (a murder by choking on a stick of Brighton rock), were dampened or excised.”
“But there was something puzzling about their devoutness.”
“They leave Bibles, Christian literature, and Christian music CDs lying around their rooms; they attend fundamentalist Christian Bible studies; they feign devoutness at the Academy's weekly "Special Programs in Religious Education" (SPIRE) programs.”
“Inside the church, officials expressed some optimism that candidacies by both Romney and Huntsman could help portray Mormonism as a big-tent religion, where different views and levels of devoutness are tolerated.”
“He made his way to Afghanistan, where he met bin Laden at a training camp and was impressed by his "devoutness.”
“It is an image of devoutness and piety, synagogue attendance, traditional”
“He mentions some of the points Avi made but also says the problem goes beyond devoutness to religion and is in fact cultural.”
“There is pathology wrapped up in sainthood, James admits, along with other excesses: devoutness can lead to fanaticism.”
“Alec had told her before of Ted's devoutness, his interest in the Ah Tran movement.”
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