devout [di vout′]
[ME < OFr devot < L devotus, devoted (in LL(Ec), devout): see DEVOTE]
1. very religious; pious
2. showing reverence
3. earnest; sincere; heartfelt
SYN.- DEVOUT implies sincere, worshipful devotion to one's faith or religion; PIOUS suggests scrupulous adherence to the forms of one's religion but may, in derogatory usage, connote hypocrisy [the pious burghers who defraud their tenants ]; RELIGIOUS stresses faith in a particular religion and constant adherence to its tenets [to lead a religious life ]; SANCTIMONIOUS in current usage implies a hypocritical pretense of piety or devoutness and often connotes smugness or haughtiness [his sanctimonious disapproval of dancing ]

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  • devout — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deeply religious. 2) earnestly sincere: my devout hope. DERIVATIVES devoutly adverb devoutness noun. ORIGIN Latin devotus devoted , from devovere consecrate …   English terms dictionary

  • Devout — De*vout , n. 1. A devotee. [Obs.] Sheldon. [1913 Webster] 2. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • devout — early 13c., from O.Fr. devot pious, devoted, assiduous, from L. devotus given up by vow, devoted, pp. of devovere dedicate by vow (see DEVOTION (Cf. devotion)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • devout — [adj] sincerely believing; devoted adherent, adoring, ardent, deep, earnest, faithful, fervent, fervid, genuine, godly, goody goody*, goody two shoes*, heart and soul, heartfelt, holy, intense, orthodox, passionate, pietistic, pious, prayerful,… …   New thesaurus

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  • devout — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Late Latin devotus, from Latin, past participle of devovēre Date: 13th century 1. devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises 2. expressing devotion or piety < a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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