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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.
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:
Noun1.piousness - righteousness by virtue of being pious
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
devoutness, religiousness - piety by virtue of being devout
dutifulness - piety by virtue of devotion to duty
godliness - piety by virtue of being a godly person


A state of often extreme religious ardour:


nFrömmigkeit f; (pej also)Frömmelei f
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Indeed, those who seek the world in order to be assisted by it towards attaining to the Afterlife, how could they be disregardful of the profit of the Afterlife (ribh al-akhira) when the market (al-suq), the mosque (al-masjid), and the home (albayt) are for him [governed by] one law (55) (hukm wahid), and salvation is only through piousness (al-taqwa)?