Definition of Religious

1. Adjective. Concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church. "Spiritual songs"

Exact synonyms: Spiritual
Similar to: Sacred
Derivative terms: Religion, Religiosity, Religiousness

2. Noun. A member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience.
Generic synonyms: Religious Person
Specialized synonyms: Friar, Mendicant, Monastic, Monk, Benedictine, Jesuit, Nun, Eremite, Cenobite, Coenobite, Superior, Votary
Specialized synonyms: Merton, Thomas Merton

3. Adjective. Having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity. "Religious attitude"
Also: Pious
Similar to: Churchgoing, Churchly, Devout, God-fearing, Interfaith
Antonyms: Irreligious
Derivative terms: Religion, Religiousness

4. Adjective. Of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows. "The religious or regular clergy conducts the service"
Antonyms: Secular

5. Adjective. Extremely scrupulous and conscientious. "Religious in observing the rules of health"
Similar to: Scrupulous
Derivative terms: Religiousness

Definition of Religious

1. a. 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.

2. 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.

Definition of Religious

1. Adjective. Concerning religion. ¹

2. Adjective. Committed to the practice of religion. ¹

3. Adjective. Highly dedicated, as one would be to a religion. ¹

4. Noun. A member of a religious order, i.e. a monk or nun. ¹

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Definition of Religious

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Religious

religious (current term)
religious belief
religious ceremony
religious cult
religious doctrine
religious education
religious festival
religious holiday
religious leader
religious movement
religious music
religious mystic
religious mysticism
religious naturalism

Literary usage of Religious

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1922)
"APRIL—religious Book Week, April 2-8. "Good Books are Life Teachers." religious education in the home. Books as gifts for Easter. ..."

2. The Methodist Review (1875)
"I.—religious IDEAS AMONG BARBAROUS TRIBES. ' THE primitive religious sentiments of the human mind may be discussed as a fact, without reference to their ..."

3. The Teaching of Jesus by George Barker Stevens (1901)
"THE TEACHING OF JESUS CHAPTER I / X JEWISH religious BELIEFS IX THE TIME OF JESUS * IT is now generally recognized among students of importance the New ..."

4. The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution by Joel Tyler Headley (1864)
"I mean the religious element. In this respect there is not a single history of that great struggle which is not so radically defective as to render the ..."

5. The Theory of Toleration Under the Later Stuarts by Alexander Adam Seaton (1911)
"Besides this, decisions in religious matters being generally regarded as of ... Decisions in religious matters, again, tend more than those in some other ..."

6. Church and State: Their Relations Historically Developed by Friedrich Heinrich Geffcken (1877)
"religious Fellowship always organised—Organisation of the State—Relations of Religion to Law—Theocracy and Hierarchy—Union of the religious Community and ..."

7. The Philosophy of Religion: On the Basis of Its History by Otto Pfleiderer (1888)
"The different religious traditions do not reach back to the primitive age of mankind, nor in consequence to the primitive age of religion ; and we are ..."

8. The Development of Religion: A Study in Anthropology and Social Psychology by Irving King (1910)
"... OF RELIGION SINCE the investigation of religious experiences and religious practices is even yet a comparatively new line of psychological inquiry, ..."

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