Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
In a general sense, something that relates to religion. It is also used for a person engaged by solemn vows to the monastic life; or a person shut up in a monastery, to lead a life of devotion and austerity under some rule or institution. The male religious are called monks and friars; the females, nuns and canonesses.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Religious'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/r/religious.html. 1802.