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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being religious.
  • n. Excessive or affected piety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being religious or pious, especially when zealous or exaggerated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being religious; religious feeling or sentiment; religiousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Religiousness; the sentiment of religion; specifically, in recent use, an excessive susceptibility to the religious sentiments, especially wonder, awe, and reverence, unaccompanied by any corresponding loyalty to divine law in daily life; religious sentimentality.
  • n. Religious exercise or service.
  • n. Members of the religious orders.
  • n. Synonyms piety, Holiness, etc. See religion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. exaggerated or affected piety and religious zeal

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