(Re*lig`i*os"i*ty) n. [L. religiositas: cf. F. religiosit.] The quality of being religious; religious
feeling or sentiment; religiousness. [R.] M. Arnold.
(Re*li"gious) 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.
Our law forbids at their religious ritesMilton.
2. Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as, a religious man, life, behavior, etc.
Men whose livesMlton
Religious titled them the sons of God.
3. Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict.
Religious in my error, I adore
The sun, that looks upon his worshiper.
4. Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows.
One of them is religious.Chaucer.
Syn. Pious; godly; holy; devout; devotional; conscientious; strict; rogod; exact.
(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.
(Re*li"gious*ly), adv. In a religious manner. Drayton.
(Re*li"gious*ness), n. The quality of being religious.
(Rel"ik) n. Relic. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Re*lin"quent) a. [L. relinquens, p. pr. of relinqquere. See Relinquish.] Relinquishing.
(Re*lin"quent), n. One who relinquishes. [R.]
(Re*lin"quish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relinquished (-kw?sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Relinquishing.]
[OF. relinquir, L. relinquere to leave behind; pref. re- re + linquere to leave. See Loan, and cf. Relic,
1. To withdraw from; to leave behind; to desist from; to abandon; to quit; as, to relinquish a pursuit.
We ought to relinquish such rites.Hooker.
They placed Irish tenants upon the lands relinquished by the English.Sir J. Davies.
2. To give up; to renounce a claim to; resign; as, to relinquish a debt.
Syn. To resign; leave; quit; forsake; abandon; desert; renounce; forbar; forego. See Resign.
(Re*lin"quish*er) n. One who relinquishes.
(Re*lin"quish*ment) n. The act of relinquishing.