Pius I

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noun

Saint, pope a.d. 140–155?.

Pius II

noun

Enea Silvio de Piccolomini, 1405–64, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1458–64.
Literary name Aeneas Silvius.

Pius III

noun

Francesco Nanni Todeschini Piccolomini, 1439–1503, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1503.

Pius IV

noun

Giovanni Angelo Medici, 1499–1565, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1559–65.

Pius V

noun

SaintMichele Ghislieri, 1504–72, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1566–72.

Pius VI

noun

Giovanni Angelo, or Giannangelo, Braschi, 1717–99, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1775–99.

Pius VII

noun

Luigi Barnaba Chiaramonti, 1740–1823, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1800–23.

Pius VIII

noun

Francesco Saverio Castiglioni, 1761–1830, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1829–30.

Pius IX

noun

Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, 1792–1878, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1846–78.

Pius X

noun

SaintGiuseppe Sarto, 1835–1914, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1903–14.

Pius XI

noun

Achille Ratti, 1857–1939, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1922–39.

Pius XII

noun

Eugenio Pacelli, 1876–1958, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1939–58.
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Pius IV

noun

original name Giovanni Angelo de' Medici. 1499–1565, pope (1559–65). He reconvened the Council of Trent (1562), confirming its final decrees

Pius IX

noun

original name Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti. 1792–1878, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1846–78). He refused to recognize the incorporation of Rome and the Papal States in the kingdom of Italy, confining himself to the Vatican after 1870. He decreed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (1854) and convened the Vatican Council, which laid down the doctrine of papal infallibility (1870)

Pius V

noun

Saint. original name Michele Ghislieri. 1504–72, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1566–72). He attempted to enforce the reforms decreed by the Council of Trent, excommunicated Elizabeth I of England (1570), and organized the alliance that defeated the Turks at Lepanto (1571). Feast day: 30 April

Pius VI

noun

original name Giovanni Angelico Braschi . 1717–99, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1775–99). He opposed French attempts to limit papal authority and denounced (1791) the French Revolution: he died a prisoner of the French in the Revolutionary Wars

Pius VII

noun

original name Luigi Barnaba Chiaramonti. 1740–1823, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1800–23). He concluded a concordat with Napoleon (1801) and consecrated him as emperor of France (1804), but resisted his annexation of the Papal States (1809)

Pius X

noun

Saint. original name Giuseppe Sarto. 1835–1914, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1903–14). He condemned Modernism (1907) and initiated a new codification of canon law. Feast day: Aug 21

Pius XI

noun

original name Achille Ratti. 1857–1939, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1922–39). He signed the Lateran Treaty (1929), by which the Vatican City was recognized as an independent state. His encyclicals condemned Nazism and Communism

Pius XII

noun

original name Eugenio Pacelli. 1876–1958, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1939–58): his attitude towards Nazi German anti-Semitism has been a matter of controversy

Pius II

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noun

pen name Aeneas Silvius, original name Enea Silvio de' Piccolomini. 1405–64, Italian ecclesiastic, humanist, poet, and historian; pope (1458–64)
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Word Origin and History for pius

Pius

masc. proper name, from Latin pius "dutiful, pious" (see pious).

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