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pious

Definition:

having, showing, or expressing reverence for a deity

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

piousness

Derivative:

piously

Comparative:

more pious

Superlative:

most pious

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Described by:

piety

Usage example:

pious readings

Etymology:

Latin pīus ("pious, dutiful, blessed, kind, devout"), from Proto-Indo-European...
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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Piety

a virtue that can mean religious devotion, spirituality, or a combination of both. A common element in most conceptions of piety is humility. The word piety comes from the Latin word pietas, the noun form of the adjective pius. Pietas in traditional... (42 of 451 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

pious | religious [synonym, sense-specific] | sanctimonious [synonym, sense-specific] | devout [synonym, sense-specific] | sacred [synonym, sense-specific] | piously [adverb, derived]

having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout | marked by reverence | marked by false reverence; sanctimonious | sacred; not ... (21 of 421 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pious

Merriam-Webster:

pious | religious [synonym, sense-specific] | dutiful [synonym, sense-specific] | virtuous [synonym, sense-specific] | worthy [synonym, sense-specific] | constant [synonym, sense-specific] | dedicated [synonym, sense-specific] | devoted [synonym, sense-specific] | devout [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

marked by or showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship ; marked by conspicuous religiosity | sacred or devotional as distinct from ... (23 of 415 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pious

Random House Dictionary:

pious

having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations. | characterized by a hypocritical concern ... (23 of 87 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pious

Oxford Dictionary:

pious | piously [derived] | piousness [derived]

devoutly religious | making or constituting a hypocritical display of virtue | [archaic] : dutiful or loyal, especially towards one's parents. | ... (19 of 76 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pious

New World Dictionary:

pious | piously [adverb, related] | piousness [noun, related]

having or showing religious devotion; zealous in the performance of religious obligations | springing from actual or pretended religious devotion or ... (20 of 72 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pious

American Heritage Dictionary:

pious | piously [adverb, related] | piousness [noun, related]

Having or exhibiting religious reverence; earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; devout. | Marked by conspicuous devoutness | Marked by ... (19 of 67 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pious | pious hope | piously [adverb, related]

strict in your religious beliefs and practices | [showing disapproval] done or said with the intention of seeming religious and moral | "pious hope": ... (22 of 55 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pious

Wiktionary:

pious | reverent [synonym] | reverential [synonym] | dutiful [synonym] | religious [synonym] | devout [synonym] | godly [synonym]

Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing. (9 of 35 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pious

Cambridge Dictionary:

pious [entry 1] | piously [adverb, derived]

strongly believing in religion, and living in a way which shows this belief (13 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pious 1

pious [entry 2] | pious hope | piously [adverb, derived]

[disapproving] pretending to have sincere feelings | "pious hope": [British] something which is unlikely to happen (15 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pious 2

Encarta Dictionary:

pious

devoutly religious | characterized by religious reverence | talking or acting in a falsely, hypocritically, or affectedly moralizing way | holy or ... (19 of 96 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726397​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

pious

Origin: Latin pīus ("pious, dutiful, blessed, kind, devout"), from Proto-Indo-European *pey- ("to adore"). Cognate with Old English fǣle ("faithful, trusty, good; dear, beloved"). More at feal.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pious

New World Dictionary:

pious

Origin: Latin pius, pious, devout, affectionate, good, probably from Indo-European *pwīyos from base *peu-, to clean derives Latin purus, "pure"

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Online Etymology:

pious

First use: about 1600

Origin: Latin pius "dutiful, kind, devout", perhaps related to Latin purus "pure, clean".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pious

Collins Dictionary:

pious

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin pius, related to piāre to expiate

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pious

Oxford Dictionary:

pious

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin pius "dutiful, pious" + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pious

Merriam-Webster:

pious

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin pius

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pious

American Heritage Dictionary:

pious

Origin: From Latin pius, dutiful.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pious

Encarta Dictionary:

pious

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin pius "dutiful, devout"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726397​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

pious

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Collins Dictionary:

pious

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

pious

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

pious

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Cambridge Dictionary:

pious [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pious"

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the Free Dictionary:

pious

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Google Dictionary:

pious

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

pious

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YourDictionary Audio:

pious

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freedictionary.org:

pious

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