- 1having or showing a deep respect for God and religion synonym devout pious acts opposite impious see also piety
- 2(disapproving) pretending to be religious, moral, or good in order to impress other people synonym sanctimonious pious sentiments He dismissed his critics as pious do-gooders.
- 3pious hope something that you want to happen but is unlikely to be achieved Such reforms seem likely to remain little more than pious hopes.
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adverb “ There's no need for bad language,” said Edward piously.