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Definition of "pious" []

  • Having or exhibiting religious reverence; earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; devout. See Synonyms at religious. (adjective)
  • Marked by conspicuous devoutness: a pious and holy observation. (adjective)
  • Marked by false devoutness; solemnly hypocritical: a pious fraud. (adjective)
  • Devotional: pious readings. (adjective)
  • Professing or exhibiting a strict, traditional sense of virtue and morality; high-minded. (adjective)
  • Having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Marked by reverence (adjective)
  • Marked by false reverence; sanctimonious (adjective)
  • Sacred; not secular (adjective)
  • Having or expressing devotion for one's parents or others (adjective)

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Use "pious" in a sentence
  • "The word pious fits because Republicans really do worship the top 1 percent and the Wall Street tycoons like Romney who manipulate money but don't actually build anything or create net new jobs."
  • "Secondly, it is a good example of what I call the pious palimpsest."
  • "If you type in the word 'pious' in Google it now comes up 'pious baloney.'"