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 for religious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Religious \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. --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Religious \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.
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              Our law forbids at their religious rites
              My presence.                          --Milton.
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     2. Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as,
        a religious man, life, behavior, etc.
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              Men whose lives
              Religious titled them the sons of God. --Mlton
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     3. Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict.
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              Thus, Indianlike,
              Religious in my error, I adore
              The sun, that looks upon his worshiper. --Shak.
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     4. Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.
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              One of them is religious.             --Chaucer.
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     Syn: Pious; godly; holy; devout; devotional; conscientious;
          strict; rogod; exact.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church;
             "religious texts"; "a member of a religious order";
             "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders";
             "spiritual songs" [syn: religious, spiritual]
      2: having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a
         religious man"; "religious attitude" [ant: irreligious]
      3: of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows; "the
         religious or regular clergy conducts the service" [ant:
      4: extremely scrupulous and conscientious; "religious in
         observing the rules of health"
      n 1: a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of
           poverty and chastity and obedience

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  157 Moby Thesaurus words for "religious":
     Christian, Christianlike, Christianly, God-fearing, Mariological,
     abbacomes, abbot, accurate, adoring, anthropomorphic,
     anthropotheistic, ascetic, attentive, awesome, awful, beadsman,
     believing, brother, caloyer, canonic, careful, celibate, cenobite,
     churchgoing, close, conscientious, constant, conventual,
     conventual prior, correct, cosmotheistic, critical, cultish,
     cultist, cultistic, deistic, delicate, demanding, detailed,
     devoted, devout, direct, ditheistic, divine, doctrinal, doctrinary,
     dutiful, ethical, even, exact, exacting, exigent, express,
     exquisite, faithful, fastidious, fine, finical, finicking, finicky,
     friar, fussy, godly, grand prior, heavenly, hermit, hieromonach,
     holy, honest, honorable, ineffable, inenarrable, inerrable,
     inerrant, inexpressible, infallible, inviolable, inviolate, just,
     lay abbot, lay brother, mathematical, mendicant, meticulous,
     micrometrically precise, microscopic, minute, monastic, monk,
     monotheistic, moral, narrow, nice, noble, numinous,
     overconscientious, overscrupulous, palmer, pantheistic, particular,
     physicomorphic, physicotheological, pietistic, pilgrim,
     pillar saint, pillarist, pinpoint, pious, polytheistic, prayerful,
     precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, prior, punctilious,
     punctual, refined, religieux, religiously exact, reverent,
     reverential, righteous, rigid, rigorous, sacred, sacrosanct,
     scientific, scientifically exact, scrupulous, scrutinizing, severe,
     solemn, spiritual, spiritual-minded, square, staunch, steadfast,
     strict, stylite, subtle, tender-conscienced, theistic, theological,
     tritheistic, true, undeviating, unerring, unspeakable, unswerving,
     untouchable, unutterable, upright, venerable, venerational,
     venerative, virtuous, worshipful

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