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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 ?
A PIOUS Person who had overcharged his paunch with dead bird by way of attesting his gratitude for escaping the many calamities which Heaven had sent upon others, fell asleep at table and dreamed.
Wal, there might be something in that ar, if it warnt for his character; but I can show recommends from his master and others, to prove he is one of your real pious,--the most humble, prayin, pious crittur ye ever did see.
only weary, ordinary, comfortable:--they declare it: "We have again become pious.
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!
Now, for instance, you wouldn't think I had had a pious mother--to look at me?
As he spoke he pointed his staff at a female figure on the path, in whom Goodman Brown recognized a very pious and exemplary dame, who had taught him his catechism in youth, and was still his moral and spiritual adviser, jointly with the minister and Deacon Gookin.
With you to guide him I hope that he will become a soldier in Christ's Faith and be all the days of his life God-fearing, humble, and pious.
She is a very estimable, pious young person,' said he; 'you needn't be afraid.
The sea-vultures all in pious mourning, the air-sharks all punctiliously in black or speckled.
Did the pious men of those days never try to make Christian of them?
Both the parents died before the Restoration, leaving the little girl to the care of her pious grandmother, la vicomtesse, who survived, in a feeble old age, to descant on the former grandeur of her house, and to sigh, in common with so many others, for le bon vieux temps.
God had no doubt ordered it thus that the pious remembrance of this death should remain in the hearts of those present, and in the memory of other men - a death which caused to be loved the passage from this life to the other by those whose existence upon this earth leads them not to dread the last judgment.