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pious

[pahy-uh s]
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  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 some ostensibly good object; falsely earnest or sincere: a pious deception.
  4. of or relating to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular: pious literature.
  5. having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others.

Origin of pious

1595–1605; < Latin pius, akin to piāre to propitiate
Related formspi·ous·ly, adverbpi·ous·ness, nounpre·pi·ous, adjectivepre·pi·ous·ly, adverbpseu·do·pi·ous, adjectivepseu·do·pi·ous·ly, adverbqua·si-pi·ous, adjectivequa·si-pi·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·pi·ous, adjectivesem·i·pi·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·pi·ous·ness, nounsu·per·pi·ous, adjectivesu·per·pi·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·pi·ous·ness, nounun·pi·ous, adjectiveun·pi·ous·ly, adverb

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1. devout, godly, reverent. See religious.
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pious

adjective
  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
Derived Formspiously, adverbpiousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate
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Word Origin and History for pious

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin pius "dutiful, devout, conscientious, religious; faithful to kindred; inspired by friendship, prompted by natural affections," perhaps [Klein] related to Latin purus "pure, clean" (see pure). Often coupled with fraud (n.) from at least 1630s. Related: Piously; piousness.

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