But there's more to public touchiness over last week's sketch than just pious indignation.
As for Facebook, its pious handwringing about user privacy might be a bit of a smokescreen.
But let's not confuse a show of pious compassion with real empathy.
There was lot of promiscuity in my family, but everyone was pretending that they were pious and perfect.
Yet for a pious Muslim believer, the experience of those states was bad to the point of being catastrophic.
The Lady Abbess was a pious woman, the head of a convent of holy nuns.
The pious made gifts to this society to be used in its work.
Here stretches the Pilgrims' Way across the downs of Surrey—worn and scratched by pious feet.
"It is not encouraging to have to mix with this flock of pious geese," he exclaimed.
The walk nearest the church is where the monks are supposed to spend the time allotted for pious meditation.
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.