piously


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.piously - in a devout and pious manner; "she was devoutly Catholic"
Translations
بِتَقْوى، بِوَرَع
zbožně
fromt
jámborankegyesen
á guîrækinn hátt
zbožne
dindarca

piously

[ˈpaɪəslɪ] ADVpiadosamente, devotamente (pej) → vanamente

piously

[ˈpaɪəsli] adv
(= devoutly) → pieusement
(pejorative) (= sanctimoniously) → pieusement

piously

advfromm

piously

[ˈpaɪəslɪ] advpiamente, con devozione (pej) → in modo bigotto

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 ?
God won't be so cruel as to take you from me," cried poor Jo rebelliously, for her spirit was far less piously submissive than Beth's.
In life but few of them would have helped the whale, I ween, if peradventure he had needed it; but upon the banquet of his funeral they most piously do pounce.
De Lord will pervide," said Sam, rolling up his eyes piously.
In his memoirs he piously thanks the Giver of all Good for remembering him in his needs and delivering sundry such cargoes into his hands at times when only special providences could have relieved him.
The poor woman in vain prayed to God to send her a husband with whom she could be piously happy: it was doubtless written above that she should die both virgin and martyr; no man suitable for a husband presented himself.
He was at home again, incognito and rich; presently he could enter his father's house by means of the pass-key, which he had piously preserved through all his wanderings; he would throw down the borrowed money; there would be a reconciliation, the details of which he frequently arranged; and he saw himself, during the next month, made welcome in many stately houses at many frigid dinner-parties, taking his share in the conversation with the freedom of the man and the traveller, and laying down the law upon finance with the authority of the successful investor.
He, too, ten years ago, had piously sought out a tomb, and sought it vainly.
Must we, then," asked Anne of Austria, "yield to the storm, buy peace, and patiently and piously await better times?
The expedients of the pioneers who first broke ground in the settlement of this country are succeeded by the permanent improvements of the yeoman who intends to leave his remains to moulder under the sod which he tills, or perhaps of the son, who, born in the land, piously wishes to linger around the grave of his father.
As the inscriptions were worn out by the time and weather, they were playing the part of "Old Mortality," and piously renewing them.
But she remained with it in her hand looking at me as though she were piously gloating over something she could read in my face.
Everything was equally easy--or equally painful, as one chose to put it--in the path he was committed to tread, and he had obeyed the flurried injunctions of his best man as piously as other bridegrooms had obeyed his own, in the days when he had guided them through the same labyrinth.