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Meaning of religious

re•li•gious

Pronunciation: (ri-lij'us), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -gious.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
  2. imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
  3. scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
  4. pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
  5. appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
—n.
  1. a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
  2. devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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