Attested in classical Latin (1st century BC); frequently used by Cicero, who linked the word with relegō. Afterwards, the word was linked (mainly by Christian authors) to religō and obligātiō.
religiō (genitive religiōnis); f, third declension
- scrupulousness, conscientious exactness
- piety, religious scruple, religious awe, superstition, strict religious observance
- scruples, conscientiousness
- (of gods) sanctity
- an object of worship, holy thing, holy place
- 1772-1778 Historia Ecclesiastica Islandiæ by Finnur Jónsson, chapter one (Google books)
- De introductione religionis Christianæ in Islandiam.
- Of the introduction of Christianity to Iceland.
- religio in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879