The pious, sanctimonious Oscar ceremony is how Hollywood wants to see itself.
For them his pious act grants him almost immutable credibility over that of the victim.
The division was a way of maintaining peace between factions having a pious claim on Jerusalem.
mid-15c., from Latin pius "dutiful, devout, conscientious, religious; faithful to kindred; inspired by friendship, prompted by natural affections," perhaps [Klein] related to Latin purus "pure, clean" (see pure). Often coupled with fraud (n.) from at least 1630s. Related: Piously; piousness.