Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun religious

1 sense of religious

Sense 1
religious -- (a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience)
       => religious person -- (a person who manifests devotion to a deity)

Antonyms of adj religious

4 senses of religious

Sense 1
religious, spiritual -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA sacred) -> profane, secular -- (not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment")

Sense 2
religious (vs. irreligious) -- (having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude")

irreligious (vs. religious) -- (hostile or indifferent to religion)
        => atheistic, atheistical, unbelieving -- (rejecting any belief in gods)
        => heathen, heathenish, pagan, ethnic -- (not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam)
        => lapsed, nonchurchgoing -- (no longer active or practicing; "a lapsed Catholic")
        => nonobservant -- (failing or refusing to observe religious customs)

Sense 3
religious (vs. secular) -- (of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows; "the religious or regular clergy conducts the service")

secular (vs. religious) -- (of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows; "the secular clergy")

Sense 4
religious -- (extremely scrupulous and conscientious; "religious in observing the rules of health")

INDIRECT (VIA scrupulous) -> unscrupulous -- (without scruples or principles; "unscrupulous politicos who would be happy to sell...their country in order to gain power")

Similarity of adj religious

4 senses of religious

Sense 1
religious, spiritual -- (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")
       => sacred (vs. profane) -- (concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music")

Sense 2
religious (vs. irreligious) -- (having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude")
       => churchgoing -- (actively practicing a religion)
       => churchly -- (resembling or suggesting or appropriate to a church; "churchlike silence"; "the pure fragrance of churchly incense")
       => devout, god-fearing -- (deeply religious; "a god-fearing and law-abiding people" H.L.Mencken)
       => interfaith -- (involving persons of different religious faiths; "an interfaith marriage"; "interfaith good will")
          Also See-> pious#1

Sense 3
religious (vs. secular) -- (of or relating to clergy bound by monastic vows; "the religious or regular clergy conducts the service")

Sense 4
religious -- (extremely scrupulous and conscientious; "religious in observing the rules of health")
       => scrupulous (vs. unscrupulous) -- (having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled; "less scrupulous producers sent bundles that were deceptive in appearance")

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