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RELIGIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does religious mean? 

RELIGIOUS (noun)
  The noun RELIGIOUS has 1 sense:

1. a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience

  Familiarity information: RELIGIOUS used as a noun is very rare.


RELIGIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective RELIGIOUS has 3 senses:

1. concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
2. having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity
3. extremely scrupulous and conscientious

  Familiarity information: RELIGIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RELIGIOUS (noun)


Sense 1religious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("religious" is a kind of...):

religious person (a person who manifests devotion to a deity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "religious"):

friar; mendicant (a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms)

votary (one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service)

superior (the head of a religious community)

cenobite; coenobite (a member of a religious order living in common)

eremite (a Christian recluse)

nun (a woman religious)

Jesuit (a member of the Jesuit order)

Benedictine (a monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict)

monastic; monk (a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work)

Instance hyponyms:

Merton; Thomas Merton (United States religious and writer (1915-1968))


RELIGIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1religious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church

Synonyms:

religious; spiritual

Context examples:

religious texts / a member of a religious order / lords temporal and spiritual / spiritual leaders / spiritual songs

Similar:

sacred (concerned with religion or religious purposes)


Sense 2religious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity

Context examples:

a religious man / religious attitude

Similar:

churchgoing (actively practicing a religion)

churchlike; churchly (resembling or suggesting or appropriate to a church)

devout; god-fearing; pious (devoutly religious)

interfaith (involving persons of different religious faiths)

Also:

pious (having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity)

Antonym:

irreligious (hostile or indifferent to religion)


Sense 3religious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely scrupulous and conscientious

Context example:

religious in observing the rules of health

Similar:

scrupulous (having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled)


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