Pious Definition

Earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; reverent or devout.
A pious nun.
American Heritage
Having or showing religious devotion; zealous in the performance of religious obligations.
Webster's New World
Springing from actual or pretended religious devotion or moral motives.
Webster's New World
Seemingly virtuous; affecting virtue hypocritically.
Webster's New World
Sacred, as distinguished from secular or profane.
Webster's New World

Origin of Pious

  • From Latin pÄ«us (“pious, dutiful, blessed, kind, devout"), from Proto-Indo-European *pey- (“to adore"). Cognate with Old English fÇ£le (“faithful, trusty, good; dear, beloved"). More at feal.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin pius dutiful

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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