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 ?
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.
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.
Must we, then," asked Anne of Austria, "yield to the storm, buy peace, and patiently and piously await better times?
She reverenced her father so piously, and loved him so passionately, that she had scarce ever felt more pleasing sensations, than what arose from the share she frequently had of contributing to his amusement, and sometimes, perhaps, to higher gratifications; for he never could contain the delight of hearing her commended, which he had the satisfaction of hearing almost every day of her life.
These two, whom we shall call Susan and Emmeline, had been the personal attendants of an amiable and pious lady of New Orleans, by whom they had been carefully and piously instructed and trained.
Truly," said the other piously, "it is a goodly wish on the part of one so young.
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.
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.
Cronshaw was lying on his back, with his eyes closed and his hands folded piously across his chest.
Sowerberry, piously raising her eyes to the kitchen ceiling: 'this comes of being liberal
As the inscriptions were worn out by the time and weather, they were playing the part of "Old Mortality," and piously renewing them.
Such a nice young gentleman, she interjected with her piously ghoulish expression.