Definitions for: Religious


[n] a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
[adj] having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude"
[adj] concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "monks of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
[adj] extremely scrupulous and conscientious; "religious in observing the rules of health"
[adj] relating to or concerned with religion or spiritual things; especially dedicated to service in a religion; "a monk of a religious order"; "spiritual leaders"; "religious books"; "spiritual songs"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*li"gious (r?-l?j"?s), a. [OF. religius,
religious, F. religieux, from L. religiosus. See Religion.]
1. Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion;
teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to
religion; as, a religious society; a religious sect; a
religious place; religious subjects, books, teachers,
houses, wars.

Our law forbids at their religious rites My
presence. --Milton.

2. Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as,
a religious man, life, behavior, etc.

Men whose lives Religious titled them the sons of
God. --Mlton

3. Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict.

Thus, Indianlike, Religious in my error, I adore The
sun, that looks upon his worshiper. --Shak.

4. Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.

One of them is religious. --Chaucer.

Syn: Pious; godly; holy; devout; devotional; conscientious;
strict; rogod; exact.


Re*li"gious, n.
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. --Addison.

Synonyms: churchgoing, churchlike, churchly, devout, god-fearing, interfaith, pious, sacred, scrupulous, spiritual, spiritual

Antonyms: irreligious

See Also: Benedictine, cenobite, coenobite, eremite, friar, mendicant, Merton, monastic, monk, nun, religionist, religious person, superior, Thomas Merton, votary

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