of, relating to, or concerned with :
a religious holiday.
imbued with or exhibiting ; pious; devout; godly:
a religious man.
scrupulously faithful; conscientious:
religious care.
pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
appropriate to or to sacred rites or observances.
a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
the religious, devout or religious persons:
Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
Contemporary Examples

We should no more tolerate a “religious exemption” for those who oppose same-sex marriage than on race.
Conservatives on the Wrong Side of History on Mandela, Most Other Things Michael Tomasky December 9, 2013

And Romney, who shies away from talking about being a Mormon, does not want to be drawn into a religious debate.
Rick Santorum Faces a Grilling at CNN Debate Howard Kurtz February 21, 2012

Not very long ago, religious people were the biggest barrier to this day happening at all.
The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet Gene Robinson May 24, 2014

First, religious texts condemn them as unclean, plus the love Westerners shower on pets made them inherently suspect.
The Lighter Side of Islam Neil MacFarquhar May 5, 2009

Many Americans have made Jesus into an American religious trophy.
The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson David Masciotra September 6, 2014

Historical Examples

Pigorini conjectured that it had some religious signification.
The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang

It is not necessarily his own religious belief that he will select.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

The mass in the village church satisfied the religious instinct.
Society Henry Kalloch Rowe

“I do not agree with you in your religious sentiments, Ashton, as you know,” said George.
Life in London Edwin Hodder

The religious ceremonies of the two tribes are also different.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

of, relating to, or concerned with religion

pious; devout; godly
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the religious

appropriate to or in accordance with the principles of a religion
scrupulous, exact, or conscientious
(Christianity) of or relating to a way of life dedicated to religion by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and defined by a monastic rule
(Christianity) a member of an order or congregation living by such a rule; a monk, friar, or nun

c.1200, “devout, pious, imbued with or expressive of religious devotion,” from Anglo-French religius, Old French religious (12c., Modern French religieux) and directly from Latin religiosus, from religio (see religion). Meaning “pertaining to religion” is from 1530s. Transferred sense of “scrupulous, exact” is recorded from 1590s. Related: Religiousness.


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