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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.]
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|Noun||1.||piousness - righteousness by virtue of being pious|
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
dutifulness - piety by virtue of devotion to duty
godliness - piety by virtue of being a godly person