pious
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pius Date: 15th century 1. a. marked by or showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship b. marked by conspicuous religiosity <
a hypocrite—a thing all pious words and uncharitable deeds — Charles Reade
>
2. sacred or devotional as distinct from the profane or secular ; religious <
a pious opinion
>
3. showing loyal reverence for a person or thing ; dutiful 4. a. marked by sham or hypocrisy b. marked by self-conscious virtue ; virtuous 5. deserving commendation ; worthy <
a pious effort
>
piously adverbpiousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pious — Pi ous, a. [L. pius: cf. F. pieux.] 1. Of or pertaining to piety; exhibiting piety; reverential; dutiful; religious; devout; godly. Pious hearts. Milton. Pious poetry. Johnson. [1913 Webster] Where was the martial brother s pious care? Pope.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pious — [pī′əs] adj. [L pius, pious, devout, affectionate, good, prob. < IE * pwīyos < base * peu , to clean > L purus,PURE] 1. having or showing religious devotion; zealous in the performance of religious obligations 2. springing from actual or …   English World dictionary

  • pious — index tartuffish, zealous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pious — (adj.) c.1600, from L. pius dutiful, kind, devout, perhaps related to L. purus pure, clean (see PURE (Cf. pure)). Related: Piously; piousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • pious — *devout, religious, pietistic, sanctimonious Analogous words: *holy, sacred, divine, religious: worshiping, adoring, reverencing, venerating, revering (see REVERE): fervent, ardent, fervid (see IMPASSIONED) Antonyms: impious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pious — [adj] dedicated, religious born again*, clerical, devoted, devout, divine, ecclesiastical, godly, goody goody*, orthodox, prayerful, priestly, reverent, righteous, sacred, saintly, sanctimonious, spiritual; concept 401 Ant. atheist, impious,… …   New thesaurus

  • pious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) devoutly religious. 2) making a hypocritical display of virtue. 3) (of a hope) sincere but unlikely to be fulfilled. DERIVATIVES piously adverb piousness noun. ORIGIN Latin pius dutiful …   English terms dictionary

  • pious — [[t]pa͟ɪ͟əs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is pious is very religious and moral. He was brought up by pious female relatives. ...pious acts of charity. Syn: devout Derived words: piously ADV GRADED ADV with v Conti kneeled and crossed himself… …   English dictionary

  • pious — pi|ous [ˈpaıəs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: pius] 1.) having strong religious beliefs, and showing this in the way you behave →↑piety ▪ He was a quiet, pious man. 2.) if you describe what someone says as pious talk, words etc, you mean …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pious — adjective 1) a pious family Syn: religious, devout, God fearing, churchgoing, spiritual, prayerful, holy, godly, saintly, dedicated, reverent, dutiful, righteous Ant: irreligious …   Thesaurus of popular words

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