Definitions for: Pious

[adj] having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"
[adj] devoutly religious; "a god-fearing and law-abiding people" H.L.Mencken

Webster (1913) Definition: Pi"ous, a. [L. pius: cf. F. pieux.]
1. Of or pertaining to piety; exhibiting piety; reverential;
dutiful; religious; devout; godly. ``Pious hearts.''
--Milton. ``Pious poetry.'' --Johnson.

Where was the martial brother's pious care? --Pope.

2. Practiced under the pretext of religion; prompted by
mistaken piety; as, pious errors; pious frauds.

Syn: Godly; devout; religious; righteous.

Synonyms: devotional, devout, god-fearing, godly, holier-than-thou, pharisaic, pharisaical, pietistic, pietistical, prayerful, reverent, sanctimonious, self-righteous, worshipful

Antonyms: impious

See Also: religious, sacred, unworldly, virtuous

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