Definition of Devout

1. Adjective. Deeply religious. "A god-fearing and law-abiding people"

Exact synonyms: God-fearing
Similar to: Religious
Derivative terms: Devoutness



2. Adjective. Earnest. "Heartfelt condolences"
Exact synonyms: Dear, Earnest, Heartfelt
Similar to: Sincere
Derivative terms: Earnestness

Definition of Devout

1. a. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious.

2. n. A devotee.

Definition of Devout

1. Adjective. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious. ¹

2. Adjective. (archaic) Expressing devotion or piety; as, eyes devout; sighs devout; a devout posture. ¹

3. Adjective. Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest; as, devout wishes for one's welfare. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A devotee. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Devout

1. pious [adj -VOUTER, -VOUTEST] : DEVOUTLY [adv] - See also: pious

Medical Definition of Devout

1. 1. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious. "A devout man, and one that feared God." (Acts x. 2) "We must be constant and devout in the worship of God." (Rogers) 2. Expressing devotion or piety; as, eyes devout; sighs devout; a devout posture. 3. Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest; as, devout wishes for one's welfare. The devout, devoutly religious persons, those who are sincerely pious. Synonym: Holy, pure, religious, prayerful, pious, earnest, reverent, solemn, sincere. Origin: OE. Devot, devout, F. Devot, from L. Devotus devoted, p. P. Of devovere. See Devote. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Devout

devotor
devotors
devots
devour
devourable
devoured
devourer
devourers
devouress
devouresses
devoureth
devouring
devouring(a)
devouringly
devours
devout (current term)
devouter
devoutest
devoutful
devoutless
devoutly
devoutness
devoutnesses
devow
devowed
devowing
devows
devs
devshirme
devulgarize

Literary usage of Devout

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1. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"CHAPTER XIV Of the fervent desire of certain devout persons to receive the Body ... When 1 call to mind some devout persons who draw nigh to Thy Sacrament, ..."

2. The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions by Thorstein Veblen (1912)
"It will likewise serve to show how the survival and efficacy of the cults and the prevalence of their schedule of devout observances are related to the ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
""Parish priests, confessors, and preachers are frequently and with great zeal to exhort the faithful to this devout and salutary practice" (Rule 6), ..."

4. Sermons by Hugh Blair (1822)
"Cornelius—a devout man ACTS, x. 1. THAT religion is essential to the welfare of ... Such is the temper and spirit of a devout man. Such was the character of ..."

5. The English Review (1849)
"Smith—Sacred Lyrics. By JR Smith, 473. Smith—The devout Christian, ... Wilson—The Practical Christian ; or, the devout Penitent. ..."

6. Pericles: Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare (1913)
"11. awful, devout, conscientious; II. Chor. 4. awkward, adverse; V. i. 94. bases, an embroidered mantle, which hung down from the middle to the knees or ..."

7. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"He was charitable, compassionate, and devout, and during divine service always behaved with a decorum then unusual among kings, for he very seldom talked ..."

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