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.
Kay Hagan had fired back with a serious of pious ads reinforcing her Christian faith.
Yet for a pious Muslim believer, the experience of those states was bad to the point of being catastrophic.
The Lady Abbess was a pious woman, the head of a convent of holy nuns.
She was driven from a pious family; but she had no home, no friend, no helper!
Here stretches the Pilgrims' Way across the downs of Surrey—worn and scratched by pious feet.
And then came the pious climax of Coronation, America, and the Doxology.
The walk nearest the church is where the monks are supposed to spend the time allotted for pious meditation.
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.