adjective \ˈpī-əs\

: deeply religious : devoted to a particular religion

: falsely appearing to be good or moral

Full Definition of PIOUS

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 deeds — Charles Reade>
:  sacred or devotional as distinct from the profane or secular :  religious <a pious opinion>
:  showing loyal reverence for a person or thing :  dutiful
a :  marked by sham or hypocrisy
b :  marked by self-conscious virtue :  virtuous
:  deserving commendation :  worthy <a pious effort>
pi·ous·ly adverb
pi·ous·ness noun

Examples of PIOUS

  1. They lived a quiet, pious life.
  2. I'm tired of hearing politicians making pious pronouncements about their devotion to the people.
  3. We must ask to what extent, and at however unconscious a level, a conflict arises in the pious political mind when it is sworn to uphold the civil religion of the Constitution. —E. L. Doctorow, Free Inquiry, October/November 2008

Origin of PIOUS

Middle English, from Latin pius
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with PIOUS


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