Re*li"gious (r?-l?j"?s), a. [OF. religius, religious, F. religieux, from L. religiosus. See Religion.]

1.

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.

Our law forbids at their religious rites My presence. Milton.

2.

Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as, a religious man, life, behavior, etc.

Men whose lives Religious titled them the sons of God. Mlton

3.

Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict.

Thus, Indianlike, Religious in my error, I adore The sun, that looks upon his worshiper. Shak.

4.

Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.

One of them is religious. Chaucer.

Syn. -- Pious; godly; holy; devout; devotional; conscientious; strict; rogod; exact.

 

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Re*li"gious, 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.

Addison.

 

© Webster 1913.

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