Pious meaning

pīəs
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.

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Sacred, as distinguished from secular or profane.
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(archaic) Professing or exhibiting traditional morality; dutiful.
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Self-righteous or sanctimonious.

Pious denunciations of sexual harassment.

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Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.
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Springing from actual or pretended religious devotion or moral motives.
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Seemingly virtuous; affecting virtue hypocritically.
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Having or showing religious devotion; zealous in the performance of religious obligations.
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(archaic) Having or showing a sense of duty and loyalty to family, friends, etc.
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Origin of pious

  • From Latin pius dutiful

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

  • 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