having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.
characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.
practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives, or for some ostensibly good object; falsely earnest or sincere: a pious deception.
of or pertaining to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular: pious literature.
having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others.

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

piously, adverb
piousness, noun
prepious, adjective
prepiously, adverb
pseudopious, adjective
pseudopiously, adverb
quasi-pious, adjective
quasi-piously, adverb
semipious, adjective
semipiously, adverb
semipiousness, noun
superpious, adjective
superpiously, adverb
superpiousness, noun
unpious, adjective
unpiously, adverb

1. devout, godly, reverent. See religious.
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pious (ˈpaɪəs)
1.  having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout
2.  marked by reverence
3.  marked by false reverence; sanctimonious
4.  sacred; not secular
5.  archaic having or expressing devotion for one's parents or others
[C17: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. pius "dutiful, kind, devout," perhaps related to L. purus "pure, clean" (see pure).
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Example sentences
He carefully computed and piously distributed the income of his revenues at
  four terms in the year.
But these remarks, which appeal piously to history, are made in a historical
Inwardly it is better than a dozen vast and weighty and piously pompous studies
  in race relations.
The villagers, piously aghast at such irresponsibility, close in on him.
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