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Definition of religious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    religious

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪdʒəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪdʒəs//
     
    Religious buildings
     
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  1. 1  [only before noun] connected with religion or with a particular religion religious beliefs/faith religious education (= education about religion) religious instruction (= instruction in a particular religion) religious groups objects which have a religious significance a religious house (= a monastery or convent) See related entries: Religious buildings
  2. 2  (of a person) believing strongly in a particular religion and obeying its laws and practices synonym devout His wife is very religious.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin religiosus, from religio ‘reverence, obligation’, perhaps based on Latin religare ‘to bind’.Extra examples He distanced himself from the strictly religious aspects of the music. Yoga is essentially religious and not just physical. a deeply religious person the specifically religious content of the programme religious beliefs/​faith religious education religious groups/​leaders religious instruction
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