from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity.
  • adjective Of, concerned with, or teaching religion.
  • adjective Extremely scrupulous or conscientious.
  • noun A member of a monastic order, especially a nun or monk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Imbued with, exhibiting, or arising from religion; pious; godly; devout: as, a religious man; religious behavior: used in the authorized version of the Bible of outward observance (Jas. i. 26; Acts xiii. 43).
  • Pertaining or devoted to a monastic life; belonging to a religious order; in the Roman Catholic Church, bound by the vows of a monastic order; regular.
  • Bound by or abiding by some solemn obligation; scrupulously faithful; conscientious.
  • Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching or setting forth religion; set apart for purposes connected with religion: as, a religious society; a religious sect; a religious place; religious subjects; religious books or teachers; religious liberty.
  • Synonyms Devotional.
  • Scrupulous, exact, strict, rigid. See religion.
  • noun One who is bound by monastic vows, as a monk, a friar, or a nun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person bound by monastic vows, or sequestered from secular concern, and devoted to a life of piety and religion; a monk or friar; a nun.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to religion
  • adjective Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly
  • adjective Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict.
  • adjective Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Concerning religion.
  • adjective Committed to the practice of religion.
  • adjective Highly dedicated, as one would be to a religion.
  • noun A member of a religious order, i.e. a monk or nun.

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

  • adjective concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
  • adjective of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows
  • adjective extremely scrupulous and conscientious
  • noun a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
  • adjective having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin religiōsus, from religiō, religion; see religion.]

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From Anglo-Norman relegius, religius et al., Old French religious, religieux, and their source, Latin religiōsus ("religious, superstitious, conscientious"), from religiō ("religion").


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