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.
- pi·ous·ly, adverb
- pi·ous·ness, noun
- pre·pi·ous, adjective
- pre·pi·ous·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·pi·ous, adjective
- pseu·do·pi·ous·ly, adverb
- quasi-pious, adjective
- qua·si-pi·ous·ly, adverb
- sem·i·pi·ous, adjective
- sem·i·pi·ous·ly, adverb
- sem·i·pi·ous·ness, noun
- su·per·pi·ous, adjective
- su·per·pi·ous·ly, adverb
- su·per·pi·ous·ness, noun
- un·pi·ous, adjective
- un·pi·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use pious in a sentence
Wearing a red hijab and a floral-print dress, she simultaneously embodies a pious Muslim and a fierce rights defender.
The “piousness” of the products themselves comes down to packaging and presentation.
But the hard piousness of Cynthy Ann's face had never attracted her sympathy.The End Of The World | Edward Eggleston
There ain't no piousness stickin' out on him fer folks to hang their hat on, neither.The Gold Girl | James B. Hendryx
This is Portuguese allover—indolence, piousness, poverty, impotence.Following the Equator, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for pious
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
- piously, adverb
- piousness, noun
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