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 Milton.
2. Possessing, or conforming to, religion;
pious; godly; as, a religious man, life, behavior,
Men whose lives
Religious titled them the sons of God.
3. Scrupulously faithful or exact;
Thus, Indianlike, Shak.
Religious in my error, I adore
The sun, that looks upon his worshiper.
4. Belonging to a religious order; bound by
One of them is religious.
Syn. -- Pious; godly; holy; devout; devotional;
conscientious; strict; rogod; exact.
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.