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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A devout Catholic, he has said this will be his last season while he devotes himself to his family.
▪ She was a devout Catholic and, so far as I am aware, morally unassailable.
▪ In her youth she was a devout Catholic, faithfully performing the Stations of the Cross.
▪ He is a devout Catholic who loves classic cars, stodgy puddings and paintings.
▪ a devout Muslim
▪ Bernard was the most devout of all her sons.
▪ It is my devout hope that we can work together and solve this crisis.
▪ Rachel's parents are devout Mormons.
▪ The shema is still repeated daily by devout Jews the world over.
▪ Conley is a devout believer in specialty niches.
▪ For me, our passion was a devout involvement of heart, body and mind.
▪ Inside the restored stone house, an altar crowned by a statue of Mary drew the devout and the curious.
▪ Louis became an extremely devout and ascetic man.
▪ Only two groups of women who make up the Republican base gave Dole strong support: devout evangelical women and homemakers.
▪ The devout Roman Catholic said she got involved with Richard because he said he cared for her and he was single.
▪ The devout, semiliterate Kasturbai stood aghast and uncomprehending.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Devout \De*vout"\, n.

  1. A devotee. [Obs.]

  2. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion. [Obs.]


Devout \De*vout"\, a. [OE. devot, devout, F. d['e]vot, from L. devotus devoted, p. p. of devovere. See Devote, v. t.]

  1. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious.

    A devout man, and one that feared God.
    --Acts x.

  2. We must be constant and devout in the worship of God.

    2. Expressing devotion or piety; as, eyes devout; sighs devout; a devout posture.

  3. Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest; as, devout wishes for one's welfare.

    The devout, devoutly religious persons, those who are sincerely pious.

    Syn: Holy; pure; religious; prayerful; pious; earnest; reverent; solemn; sincere.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from Old French devot "pious, devoted, assiduous," from Latin devotus "given up by vow, devoted," past participle of devovere "dedicate by vow" (see devotion).


a. 1 devote to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent; religious. 2 (context archaic English) Expressing devotion or piety. 3 Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest. n. 1 (context obsolete English) A devotee. 2 (context obsolete English) A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion.

  1. adj. devoutly religious; "a god-fearing and law-abiding people" H.L.Mencken [syn: god-fearing, pious]

  2. earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences" [syn: dear, earnest, heartfelt]

Usage examples of "devout".

As his family and friends knew, Adams was both a devout Christian and an independent thinker, and he saw no conflict in that.

Daniel of Kiev in himself is a very ordinary and rather mendacious traveller, a harmless, devout pilgrim, as careless in all matters of fact as Antonine the Martyr.

Bahaism as it is held by devout groups in America, so far as ethics and ideals go, from much that is distinctive in the Christian spirit, though the influence of Bahaism as a whole would be to efface distinctions and especially to take the force out of the Christian creeds.

He built all around a little wooden baldaquin or shrine, and presently put devout persons to watch the place so that no indignity might be done.

The rapine of the Carmathians was sanctified by their aversion to the worship of Mecca: they robbed a caravan of pilgrims, and twenty thousand devout Moslems were abandoned on the burning sands to a death of hunger and thirst.

He confirms himself the more against divine providence when he sees plots, schemes and frauds succeed even against the devout, just and sincere, and injustice triumph over justice in the courts and in business.

Not awfully devout, but I do attend Congregationalist services most Sundays.

In the second place, I should not be half so comfortable in the convents as I am with our devout benefactors.

A large number of the countryfolk, however, more curious or less devout than the citizens, gathered round our regiment to see the men who had beaten off the dragoons.

Holy Fairs, east as well as west, have become more decorous, if not more devout.

Joshua they became devout worshippers of the false gods of all the surrounding nations.

Westerners are intensely disturbed at the mere suggestion of an existence after death: devout Christians, in particular, react with an emotion akin to revulsion in spite of giving lip service to it in their religious beliefs.

At one Jansenist community he met Count Altamira, nearly six feet tall, devout and a liberal, who had been condemned to death in his native country.

Prisca, Virgin and Martyr, our Right Reverend Lord Frederic of Blanckenhem, the renowned Bishop of Utrecht, issued his license to the devout priests, Egbert van Lingen, and Wolfard, the son of Matthias, and to the other Clerks and Lay Brothers that dwelt on Mount St.

After Easter, when a general Chapter was held by the Fathers at Windesem, these were received into the Order, and their names were set down and written as members of the Fellowship of Houses belonging to us: the Fathers also provided them a suitable Rector, and after a little space that religious and devout Brother, Egbert Lingen, was sent to them.