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.

Nearby words

  1. pioneer day,
  2. pioneering,
  3. pioneers, the,
  4. piopio,
  5. piosity,
  6. piously,
  7. piozzi,
  8. pip,
  9. pip emma,
  10. pip-emma

Origin of pious

1595–1605; < Latin pius, akin to piāre to propitiate

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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 Formspiously, adverbpiousness, noun

Word Origin for pious

C17: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate

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Word Origin and History for pious

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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