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[pahy-uh s] /ˈpaɪ əs/

having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.
characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.
practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives, or for some ostensibly good object; falsely earnest or sincere:
a pious deception.
of or relating to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular:
pious literature.
having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others.
having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout
marked by reverence
marked by false reverence; sanctimonious
sacred; not secular
(archaic) having or expressing devotion for one’s parents or others

mid-15c., from Latin pius “dutiful, devout, conscientious, religious; faithful to kindred; inspired by friendship, prompted by natural affections,” perhaps [Klein] related to Latin purus “pure, clean” (see pure). Often coupled with fraud (n.) from at least 1630s. Related: Piously; piousness.


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