from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
- n. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
- n. The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
- n. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
- n. A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.
- idiom get religion Informal To become religious or devout.
- idiom get religion Informal To resolve to end one's immoral behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belief in and worship of a supernatural controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.
- n. A particular system of faith and worship.
- n. The way of life committed to by monks and nuns.
- n. Any practice that someone or some group is seriously devoted to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety.
- n. Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice.
- n. A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state.
- n. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Recognition of and allegiance in manner of life to a superhuman power or superhuman powers, to whom allegiance and service are regarded as justly due.
- n. The healthful development and right life of the spiritual nature, as contrasted with that of the mere intellectual and social powers.
- n. Any system of faith in and worship of a divine Being or beings: as, the Christian religion; the religion of the Jews, Greeks, Hindus, or Mohammedans.
- n. The rites or services of religion; the practice of sacred rites and ceremonies.
- n. The state of life of a professed member of a regular monastic order: as, to enter religion; her name in religion is Mary Aloysia: now especially in Roman Catholic use.
- n. A conscientious scruple; scrupulosity.
- n. Sense of obligation; conscientiousness; sense of duty.
- n. Synonyms Religion, Devotion, Piety, Sanctity, Saintliness, Godliness, Holiness, Religiosity. In the subjective aspect of these words religion is the most general, as it may be also the most formal or external; in this sense it is the place of the will and character of God in the heart, so that they are the principal object of regard and the controlling influence. Devotion and piety have most of fervor. Devotion is a religion that consecrates itself- being both a close attention to God with complete inward subjection and an equal attention to the duties of religion. Piety is religion under the aspect of filial feeling and conduct, the former being the primary idea. Sanctity is generally used objectively; subjectively it is the same as holiness- Saintliness i s more concrete than sanctity, more distinctly a quality of a person, likeness to a saint, ripeness for heaven. Godliness is higher than saintliness; it is likeness to God, or the endeavor to attain such likeness, fixed attention given immediately to God, especially obedience to his will and endeavor to copy his character. Holiness is the most absolute of these words; it is moral and religious wholeness, completeness, or something approaching so near to absolute freedom from sin as to make the word appropriate; it includes not only being free from sin, but refusing it and hating it for its own sake. Religiosity is not a very common nor a very euphonious word, but seems to meet a felt want by expressing a susceptibility to the sentiments of religion, awe, reverence, admiration for the teachings of religion, etc., without much disposition to obey its commands.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
- n. an institution to express belief in a divine power
Middle English religioun, from Old French religion, from Latin religiō, religiōn-, perhaps from religāre, to tie fast; see rely.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From religiōn-, the stem of the Latin religiō ("scrupulousness”, “pious misgivings”, “superstition”, “conscientiousness”, “sanctity”, “an object of veneration”, “cult-observance”, “reverence"), from relegō ("I bind back or behind"), from re + legō ("I choose, select; collect, gather"). (Wiktionary)