Definitions for piousˈpaɪ əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pi•ousˈpaɪ əs(adj.)

  1. having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.

  2. characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.

  3. practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives or for an ostensibly good object:

    a pious deception.

  4. sacred rather than secular.

  5. showing due respect or regard, as for parents.

Origin of pious:

1595–1605; < L pius, akin to piāre to propitiate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pious(adj)

    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

    "pious readings"


  1. pious(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.

  2. Origin: From pius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pious(adj)

    of or pertaining to piety; exhibiting piety; reverential; dutiful; religious; devout; godly

  2. Pious(adj)

    practiced under the pretext of religion; prompted by mistaken piety; as, pious errors; pious frauds

Translations for pious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having or showing strong religious feelings, reverence for or devotion to God etc

a pious woman/attitude.

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