A pious family saying grace before dinner.
The definition of pious is someone or something that is devoted to religion.
An example of pious is someone who goes to church every Sunday and studies the Bible throughout the week.
- having or showing religious devotion; zealous in the performance of religious obligations
- springing from actual or pretended religious devotion or moral motives
- seemingly virtuous; affecting virtue hypocritically
- sacred, as distinguished from secular or profane
- Archaic having or showing a sense of duty and loyalty to family, friends, etc.
Origin of piousClassical Latin pius, pious, devout, affectionate, good, probably from Indo-European an unverified form pw?yos from base an unverified form peu-, to clean from source Classical Latin purus, pure
- a. Earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; reverent or devout: a pious nun.b. Showing or characterized by religious devotion: pious observance.c. Expressive of or used in religious devotion; devotional: pious readings.
- a. Done for the benefit of others or with the intention of encouraging good: practicers of the noble lie and the pious fraud.b. Sincere but wishful or far-fetched: a pious hope that the new method will work.
- Self-righteous or sanctimonious: pious denunciations of sexual harassment.
- Archaic Professing or exhibiting traditional morality; dutiful.
Origin of piousFrom Latin pius dutiful
- Sometimes used pejoratively, in the sense of "mistaken" or "false" piety, as in "pious errors", "pious frauds".