devout

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj devout deeply religious "a god-fearing and law-abiding people" H.L.Mencken"
    • adj devout earnest "one's dearest wish","devout wishes for their success","heartfelt condolences"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Devout A devotee.
    • Devout A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion.
    • Devout 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.""We must be constant and devout in the worship of God."
    • Devout Expressing devotion or piety; as, eyes devout; sighs devout; a devout posture.
    • Devout Warmly devoted; hearty; sincere; earnest; as, devout wishes for one's welfare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • devout Yielding a solemn and reverential devotion to God in religious exercises, particularly in prayer; devoted to the worship and service of God; pious; religious; consecrated in spirit.
    • devout Expressing devotion or piety.
    • devout Sincere; solemn; earnest: as, you have my devout wishes for your safety. Synonyms Devout, Devotional; prayerful, godly, saintly. Devout pertains especially to the internal, devotional to the external; but this distinction is not always observed. A devout heart, a devout man, a devout look—that is, a look such as would be produced by devout feeling (see extracts above); a devotional attitude, a devotional book.
    • n devout A devotee.
    • n devout A devotional composition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Devout de-vowt′ given up to religious thoughts and exercises: pious: solemn: earnest
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Quotations

  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    “To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.”
  • Professor Blackie
    Professor Blackie
    “The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.”
  • William James
    William%20James
    “Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.”
  • Henry Edward Manning
    Henry Edward Manning
    “A habit of devout fellowship with God is the spring of all our life, and the strength of it.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. devot, devout, F. dévot, from L. devotus, devoted, p. p. of devovere,. See Devote (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. devot—L. devotus. See Devote.

Usage

In literature:

The inhabitants of swampy, fever-ridden districts are usually devout.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Passionate love and devout belief in the old doctor eliminated other dangers.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Dying had not forthwith made me a devout person.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
They are well attended by devout and religious-minded people.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
Here he went through an agony of spirit, in which he several times prayed to God for help, for Silas had been devoutly educated.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He was always a devoutly religious man, but grew even more so in later life.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
Among the priests there are many who are devout, and, as might be expected, many who are impostors.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
His bishop made much of him: the most devout of the ladies preferred him for their confessor.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Doth he continue steadfast and devout?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
But if Epicurus was decorous, Evemerus was devout.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Very devout creatures were the nuns, being holy ladies out of families of gentle blood.
"Devil Stories" by Various
It is never uttered aloud, but only mentally by the devout.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Mr. Liddell styles his congregation highly educated and devout.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Among the most devout of the petitioners was Ra Tuiki, the aged chief with white hair.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Devoutly he hoped that the camel would not betray him by a grunt.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
This confessor was a devout personage, but of confined and shallow intellect, and small means.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
Upon that face, simply devout until then, there was the commencement of a fatal expression.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Since that time he has been even more devout than before.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
This bloody sacrifice was presented in devout offering to the god.
"Hernando Cortez" by John S. C. Abbott
The three creditors were mute, and the devout spinster was talkative.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
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In poetry:

Simeon the Just and the Devout,
Who, frequent in the fane,
Had for the Saviour waited long,
But waited still in vain.
"Hymn VIII. When Jesus," by John Logan
O faces full of trust and love,
O looks that had no doubt,
My heart beat like a saint's above,
And grew at once devout!
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
Within our senses ever dwell,
And worldly darkness thence expel;
Long as the days of life endure,
Preserve our souls devout and pure.
"Eternal Glory of the Sky" by Augusta Treverorum
But they shou'd pass this feast, throughout,
Fully as sober and devout,
As children of their Sire above,
In perfect charity and love:
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
We think each one will heave to and unload
All good into our lives, all we are owed
For waiting so devoutly and so long.
But we are wrong:
"Next, Please" by Philip Larkin
Upon thy knees devoutly pray,
And read the scriptures ev'ry day,
Thy children teach what to believe,
And thou shalt endless bliss receive.
"Things, To Be Consider'd, And Made Use Of, When Night Comes" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Was a devout Christian, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be missed by all.
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Most people in this quiet all-American town describe themselves as devoutly Christian, but even here they are deeply divided over what should happen to John Freshwater.
AM COPELAND, a struggling Brooklyn blouse jobber and father of nine, was devout, shrewd and practical in equal measure.
Can one be both a patriotic American and a devout Muslim.
The Middle Ages relied devoutly on the relics of saints.
He is also a devout Roman Catholic and has written a book about prayer.
The Devout Need Not Fear an Audit.
Devout see Virgin Mary in N.J. Tree trunk , erect shrine around it.
Devout Catholic Charles LiMandri says when he heard school administrators had approved a Drag Queen show at USD where he graduated in 1977, he couldn't believe it NBC 7's Tony Shin reports.
A devout Muslim man who was stabbed as he tried to open the door to a Queens mosque on Sunday says his hate-spewing attacker had better watch his back.
It's even fair to say that the outpost is devoutly singular: There is nothing else like it in the state of Colorado.
In her new book, actress and author Jenny McCarthy talks about her devout Catholic upbringing.
The skeptical narrator, the world religion, and the devout masses who are about to unwittingly welcome an outsider into their midst.
Incoming Congress least devout, most religiously diverse.
"Joe is a devout Catholic," a retired football coach named Vince McAneney told a reporter the other day.
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In science:

A strong religious vein ran through much of Gore‘s writing and he was a man of devout Christian belief.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
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