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adj. de·vout·er, de·vout·est
a. Devoted to a religion or to the fulfillment of religious obligations: a devout Catholic.
b. Characterized by religious devotion or piety: devout observance of the holy days.
a. Fervently believing in or advocating an ideology or position: a devout socialist.
b. Fervent or earnest: devout wishes for their success.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēvōtus, past participle of dēvovēre, to vow; see devote.]

de·vout′ly adv.
de·vout′ness n.
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Noun1.devoutness - piety by virtue of being devout
piety, piousness - righteousness by virtue of being pious
religiosity, religiousism, pietism, religionism - exaggerated or affected piety and religious zeal
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A state of often extreme religious ardour:
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He believed almost with devoutness in the plot which he had detected for the spoliation of Lord Wetherby's summer-house, that plot of which he held Lord Dawlish to be the mainspring.
Djali reared himself on his hind legs, and began to bleat, marching along with so much dainty gravity, that the entire circle of spectators burst into a laugh at this parody of the interested devoutness of the captain of pistoliers.
And perhaps here was an opportunity indicated for making her mind more worthy of its highest service; perhaps the noblest, completest devoutness could hardly exist without some width of knowledge; must she always live in this resigned imprisonment?
Moreover, during the ceremony, the president also praised the Egyptian people for their devoutness, and commitment towards the preservation of their country throughout all difficult stages.
We thought Christodoulides only did positive spin, his devoutness not permitting him to lie outright.
In this uneven, sprawling epic Khan plays the title character -- a displaced child of India-Pakistan partition -- who inherits an unhealthy dose of survivor's guilt and familial devoutness.
Hazrat Ali (RA) said 'Whosoever keeps awake in devoutness on his night and recites the Du'a of Prophet Khizr, undoubtedly that person's supplication will be responded to and granted.
To be more specific: what important Orthodox monasteries perceived in the people's devoutness as epicentres of spirituality, are involved in one way or another as a lasting project of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue?
I say this not to brag about my devoutness, particularly because I'm not Christian.
Religion is another one of those institutions, and it's set up to convince people that everything should stay the same, that change is the enemy of virtue and devoutness. Art, however, thrives on change.
The Investigator's second question: "Though mythical blending and other additions made out of devoutness meddle with the power and beauty of a beautiful poem, aren't they indeed appreciable to the child mind of India?