- having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.
- characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.
- 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.
- of or relating to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular: pious literature.
- having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others.
Origin of pious
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Examples from the Web for piously
In a typical sally, Nixon piously intoned, “I know what it means to be poor.”Hey, Mitt, You Can Be Rich and Win the Election, Just Not Richie Rich
July 10, 2012
The first room, Madame Goujet's, was piously preserved in the state she had left it.L'Assommoir
They were not "English to the back-bone," as their aunt had piously asserted.Howards End
E. M. Forster
His anger fell from him, and with bent head he piously crossed himself.Love-at-Arms
"Well, she seems to feel what she says," Mrs. Rooth piously risked.The Tragic Muse
Meekly craving their blessing, for so had they been piously taught.Man of Uz, and Other Poems
Lydia Howard Sigourney
- having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout
- marked by reverence
- marked by false reverence; sanctimonious
- sacred; not secular
- archaic having or expressing devotion for one's parents or others
Word Origin and History for piously
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.