religious adj
1 *devout, pious, pietistic, sanctimonious
Analogous words: *faithful, staunch, steadfast, true: virtuous, righteous, noble, *moral, ethical: *upright, just, honorable, honest
Antonyms: irreligious
Contrasted words: ungodly, godless (see IRRELIGIOUS)
2 spiritual, *holy, sacred, divine, blessed
Antonyms: secular (of schools, journals, authorities): profane (of music, drama)
religious n Religious, monk, friar, nun all mean a member of a religious order whose members are bound by the monastic vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and who lead to a greater or lesser extent a cloistered life.
Religious is the comprehensive term applicable either to a man or a woman; it implies a living apart from the world either in a cloistered community formed of members of the same order or as a hermit (see RECLUSE) under the governance of the superior of an order.
Monk in general use may designate a male religious; in precise technical use the term applies to a member of a religious order for men (as the Benedictine or Cistercian order) whose members live an ascetic life in a cloistered community, and devote themselves mainly to contemplation and prayer and liturgical observances, and to some assigned and usually scholarly, artistic, or scientific employment.
Friar applies to a member of a mendicant order under whose original regulations neither personal nor community tenure of property was allowed and whose members lived by alms and wandered from place to place preaching the Gospel and administering the sacraments or to a member of an order patterned after them, whether he lives as a mendicant or in a cloistered community and whether he serves as a pastor, a curate, a missionary, a preacher, or a teacher.
Nun applies only to a female religious; since there are no terms to distinguish nuns according to the severity of their disçipline, the rigor of their cloistered life, and the nature of their duties, the word is generally applied to any member of a religious order of women who devote themselves to prayer, con-templation, and work, and may wear a habit.

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