\ \ [13] Essentially, devout and devote [16] are the same word; they come from an identical source, but reached English along different routes. That source is dēvōtus, the past participle of Latin dēvovēre, which was a compound formed from the intensive prefix - and vovērepromise’ (source of English vote and vow). This entered English originally via Old French devot as an adjective, and was then reborrowed directly from Latin in the 16th century as the basis for a verb.

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  • Devout — De*vout , a. [OE. devot, devout, F. d[ e]vot, from L. devotus devoted, p. p. of devovere. See {Devote}, v. t.] 1. Devoted to religion or to religious feelings and duties; absorbed in religious exercises; given to devotion; pious; reverent;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devout — devout, pious, religious, pietistic, sanctimonious apply mainly to persons, their acts, and their words and mean showing fervor and reverence in the practice of religion. Devout stresses an attitude of mind or a feeling that leads one to such… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • devout — [di vout′] adj. [ME < OFr devot < L devotus, devoted (in LL(Ec), devout): see DEVOTE] 1. very religious; pious 2. showing reverence 3. earnest; sincere; heartfelt devoutly adv. devoutness n. SYN. DEVOUT implies sincere, worshipful devotion… …   English World dictionary

  • devout — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deeply religious. 2) earnestly sincere: my devout hope. DERIVATIVES devoutly adverb devoutness noun. ORIGIN Latin devotus devoted , from devovere consecrate …   English terms dictionary

  • Devout — De*vout , n. 1. A devotee. [Obs.] Sheldon. [1913 Webster] 2. A devotional composition, or part of a composition; devotion. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devout — index faithful (loyal), serious (devoted), solemn, zealous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • devout — early 13c., from O.Fr. devot pious, devoted, assiduous, from L. devotus given up by vow, devoted, pp. of devovere dedicate by vow (see DEVOTION (Cf. devotion)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • devout — [adj] sincerely believing; devoted adherent, adoring, ardent, deep, earnest, faithful, fervent, fervid, genuine, godly, goody goody*, goody two shoes*, heart and soul, heartfelt, holy, intense, orthodox, passionate, pietistic, pious, prayerful,… …   New thesaurus

  • devout — [[t]dɪva͟ʊt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A devout person has deep religious beliefs. She was a devout Christian... His devout Catholicism appeals to ordinary people. N PLURAL: the N The devout are people who are devout. ...priests instructing the devout.… …   English dictionary

  • devout — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Late Latin devotus, from Latin, past participle of devovēre Date: 13th century 1. devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises 2. expressing devotion or piety < a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • devout — de|vout [dıˈvaut] adj [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: devot, from Latin devotus; DEVOTE] 1.) someone who is devout has a very strong belief in a religion ▪ a devout Catholic 2.) formal a devout hope or wish is one that you feel very… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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