- 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 piousness
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- 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 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.