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Meaning of PIOUS

Pronunciation:  'pIus

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

PIOUS is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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