In a typical sally, Nixon piously intoned, “I know what it means to be poor.”
You know how all men speak well and piously, and act otherwise, as advantage or frailty prompts.
It seemed to her that the candles had been piously lighted for some death watch.
The wafer was piously administered in communion to a child who died in three days.
They were not disposed to accept any gift which was not freely and piously given.
Four cobblers of Warwick piously bore the headless corpse within their town.
The first room, Madame Goujet's, was piously preserved in the state she had left it.
He entered at the head of a band of priests, piously counting his rosary.
"Well, she seems to feel what she says," Mrs. Rooth piously risked.
But today my chicks were all piously engaged with their little souls, I the only wanderer at heart.
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.