pious

[ pahy-uhs ]
/ ˈpaɪ əs /

adjective

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.

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Origin of pious

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin pius, akin to piāre “to propitiate”

synonym study for pious

1. See religious.

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British Dictionary definitions for pious

pious
/ (ˈpaɪəs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of pious

piously, adverbpiousness, noun

Word Origin for pious

C17: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate
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