Definition of pious
1 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>
3 : showing loyal reverence for a person or thing : dutiful
5 : deserving commendation : worthy <a pious effort>
Examples of pious in a sentence
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
But our problem is the lack of any shared or coherent attitude toward the rest of the world, without which, as Judt acknowledges, Europe exists in pieces, an outsize Switzerland held together by nothing more solid than pious sentiment. —Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, May 2006
The other side of the masonry block was covered with a web of ancient graffiti, she said, left by pious visitors to the tomb. —Tom Mueller, Atlantic, October 2003
The news offered so many occasions for pious or ribald commentary that any chance of agreement about what any of it meant was lost in a vast din of clucking and sniggering. —Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, August 1997
Japanese schools have another eccentricity, which is the pious, Sunday-school-like enthusiasm of students and teachers alike for education about values. Teachers sometimes sound so saccharine that they would make Mr. Rogers look like a cynic. —Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times Magazine, 17 Aug. 1997
They lived a quiet, pious life.
I'm tired of hearing politicians making pious pronouncements about their devotion to the people.
Origin and Etymology of pious
Middle English, from Latin pius
First Known Use: 15th century
PIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pious for English Language Learners
: deeply religious : devoted to a particular religion
: falsely appearing to be good or moral
PIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of pious for Students
: showing devotion to God
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