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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)

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.

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.'"