pious

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 pious — piously, adv. piousness, n. /puy euhs/, adj. 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;… …

    Universalium

  • 13 pious — [17] Pious is one of a nexus of English words descended from Latin pius, an adjective of unknown origin. Its derivative pietās has given English piety and pity, and the derived verb piāre ‘appease, atone’ lies behind English expiate 379 place… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 pious — adj. Full of holes. Holy, pious. His socks are more pious than the pope s …

    Dictionary of american slang

  • 15 pious — adj. Full of holes. Holy, pious. His socks are more pious than the pope s …

    Dictionary of american slang

  • 16 pious — adjective 1 having strong religious beliefs, and showing this in the way you behave 2 pretending to have sincere religious feelings in order to make people think you are better than you really are: Don t believe any of his pious talk. 3 pious… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 pious — adj 1. devout, devoted, godly, God fearing, God loving, religious, spiritual; humble, worshipful, reverent, reverential, venerative; righteous, moral, virtuous, good, right minded, clean minded, clean of mind, clean of spirit, clean spirited,… …

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  • 18 pious — /ˈpaɪəs / (say puyuhs) adjective 1. having or displaying religious fervour or conscientiousness in religious observance. 2. practised or used from religious motives (real or pretended), or for some good object: a pious deception. 3. sacred, as… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 pious — [17] Pious is one of a nexus of English words descended from Latin pius, an adjective of unknown origin. Its derivative pietās has given English piety and pity, and the derived verb piāre ‘appease, atone’ lies behind English expiate [16]. Pious… …

    Word origins

  • 20 pious — adj. 1 devout; religious. 2 hypocritically virtuous; sanctimonious. 3 dutiful. Phrases and idioms: pious fraud a deception intended to benefit those deceived, esp. religiously. Derivatives: piously adv. piousness n. Etymology: L pius dutiful,… …

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