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pious

[pahy-uh s] /ˈpaɪ əs/
adjective
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 some ostensibly good object; falsely earnest or sincere:
a pious deception.
4.
of or pertaining to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular:
pious literature.
5.
having or showing appropriate respect or regard for parents or others.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin pius, akin to piāre to propitiate
Related forms
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
Synonyms
1. devout, godly, reverent. See religious.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre pious

pious

/ˈpaɪəs/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
piously, adverb
piousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate
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Word Origin and History for pre pious

pious

adj.

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.

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