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pi·ous

 (pī′əs)
adj.
1.
a. Earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; reverent or devout: a pious nun.
b. Showing or characterized by religious devotion: pious observance.
c. Expressive of or used in religious devotion; devotional: pious readings.
2.
a. Done for the benefit of others or with the intention of encouraging good: practicers of the noble lie and the pious fraud.
b. Sincere but wishful or far-fetched: a pious hope that the new method will work.
3. Self-righteous or sanctimonious: pious denunciations of sexual harassment.
4. Archaic Professing or exhibiting traditional morality; dutiful.

[From Latin pius, dutiful.]

pi′ous·ly adv.
pi′ous·ness n.

pious

(ˈpaɪəs)
adj
1. having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout
2. marked by reverence
3. marked by false reverence; sanctimonious
4. sacred; not secular
5. archaic having or expressing devotion for one's parents or others
[C17: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate]
ˈpiously adv
ˈpiousness n

pi•ous

(ˈpaɪ əs)

adj.
1. having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.
2. characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.
3. practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives or for an ostensibly good object: a pious deception.
4. sacred rather than secular.
5. showing due respect or regard, as for parents.
[1595–1605; < Latin pius, akin to piāre to propitiate]
pi′ous•ly, adv.
pi′ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"
religious - having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity; "a religious man"; "religious attitude"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
virtuous - morally excellent
unworldly - not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney
impious - lacking piety or reverence for a god

pious

adjective
1. religious, godly, devoted, spiritual, holy, dedicated, righteous, devout, saintly, God-fearing, reverent He was brought up by pious female relatives.
religious irreverent, unholy, ungodly, irreligious, impious
2. self-righteous, hypocritical, sanctimonious, goody-goody, unctuous, holier-than-thou, pietistic, religiose They were derided as pious, self-righteous bores.
self-righteous humble, sincere, meek

pious

adjective
Deeply concerned with God and the beliefs and practice of religion:
Translations
تَقي، وَرِع
zbožný
from
tekopyhä
guîrækinn
信心の名を借りた信心深い偽善的な宗教にかこつけた敬虔な
dievobaimingai
dievbijīgs

pious

[ˈpaɪəs] ADJpiadoso, pío (pej) → beato
pious hopesvanas esperanzas fpl

pious

[ˈpaɪəs] adj
(= devout) → pieux/euse
(pejorative) (= sanctimonious) [person, words] → pieux/euse
pious intentions → pieuses intentions pious hopepious hope nvœu m pieux

pious

adj
(= devout)fromm; (pej also)frömmlerisch
(pej: = hypocritical) person, wordsunaufrichtig, falsch; a pious hopeein frommer Wunsch

pious

[ˈpaɪəs] adjpio/a (pej) → bigotto/a
a pious hope → una vana speranza

pious

(ˈpaiəs) adjective
having or showing strong religious feelings, reverence for or devotion to God etc. a pious woman/attitude.
ˈpiously adverb
piety (ˈpaiəti) noun
References in classic literature ?
In spite of her small vanities, Margaret had a sweet and pious nature, which unconsciously influenced her sisters, especially Jo, who loved her very tenderly, and obeyed her because her advice was so gently given.
Cutter's first name was Wycliffe, and he liked to talk about his pious bringing-up.
Encouraged by his opinion, Alice did what her pious inclinations, and her keen relish for gentle sounds, had before so strongly urged.
The pious clergyman surely would not have uttered words like these had he in the least suspected that the Colonel had been thrust into the other world with the clutch of violence upon his throat.
It is a pious consolation to me that, through my interference, a sufficient space was allowed them for repentance of the evil and corrupt practices into which, as a matter of course, every Custom-House officer must be supposed to fall.
How now in the contemplative evening of his days, the pious Bildad reconciled these things in the reminiscence, I do not know; but it did not seem to concern him much, and very probably he had long since come to the sage and sensible conclusion that a man's religion is one thing, and this practical world quite another.
The sea-vultures all in pious mourning, the air-sharks all punctiliously in black or speckled.
No; I mean, really, Tom is a good, steady, sensible, pious fellow.
And he had a good knack at getting in the complimentary thing here and there about a knight that was likely to advertise -- no, I mean a knight that had influence; and he also had a neat gift of exaggeration, for in his time he had kept door for a pious hermit who lived in a sty and worked miracles.
The months dragged on, all hope forsook the old man, he ceased from his customary pursuits and pleasures, he devoted himself to pious works, and longed for the deliverance of death.
Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now, when he'd take off his new white beaver and make a bow and do a smile, he looked that grand and good and pious that you'd say he had walked right out of the ark, and maybe was old Leviticus himself.
A great many times have we poor creatures been nearly perishing with hunger, when food in abundance lay mouldering in the safe and smoke-house, and our pious mistress was aware of the fact; and yet that mistress and her husband would kneel every morn- ing, and pray that God would bless them in basket and store!