1. Of or pertaining to piety; exhibiting piety; reverential; dutiful; religious; devout; godly. "Pious hearts." . "Pious poetry." . "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.

Synonyms: Godly, devout, religious, righteous.

Origin: L. Pius: cf. F. Pieux.

(01 Mar 1998)

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