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  1. having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.
  2. characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.
  3. 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.
  4. of or relating to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular: pious literature.
  5. having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others.

Origin of pious

1595–1605; < Latin pius, akin to piāre to propitiate
Related formspi·ous·ly, adverbpi·ous·ness, nounpre·pi·ous, adjectivepre·pi·ous·ly, adverbpseu·do·pi·ous, adjectivepseu·do·pi·ous·ly, adverbqua·si-pi·ous, adjectivequa·si-pi·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·pi·ous, adjectivesem·i·pi·ous·ly, adverbsem·i·pi·ous·ness, nounsu·per·pi·ous, adjectivesu·per·pi·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·pi·ous·ness, nounun·pi·ous, adjectiveun·pi·ous·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of piousness

  • This is Portuguese allover—indolence, piousness, poverty, impotence.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • There ain't no piousness stickin' out on him fer folks to hang their hat on, neither.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

British Dictionary definitions for piousness


  1. having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout
  2. marked by reverence
  3. marked by false reverence; sanctimonious
  4. sacred; not secular
  5. 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 piousness



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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