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re·li·gion  audio  (r-ljn) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
    2. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
  1. The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
  2. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
  3. A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

IDIOM:
get religion Informal
  1. To become religious or devout.
  2. To resolve to end one's immoral behavior.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English religioun, from Old French religion, from Latin religi, religin-, perhaps from religre, to tie fast ; see rely


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