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Definition of "religious" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "religious" in a sentence
  • "The expulsion stirs intense, opposing reactions in Anne and Howard: She begins ­cultivating a resentment ­toward religious ­self-definition, while Howard, absorbing the message that his son is not officially Jewish, wonders whether his own ­parents were right all along about the ­inadvisability of ­religious ­intermarriage."
  • "Bosanquet distinguished religious beliefs about particular persons or events from ˜religion™ (or, what was the same thing for him, ˜religious belief as a whole™ or ˜religious consciousness™)."
  • "He aims to: ���build an alliance between secular, religious and ���spiritual but not religious��� progressives ��� in part by challenging the anti-religious biases in parts of the liberal culture (while acknowledging the legitimacy of anger against those parts of the religious world that have embodied authoritarian, racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic practices and attitudes)."