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Definition of pious adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1having or showing a deep respect for God and religion synonym devout pious acts opposite impious see also piety
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
adverb “ There's no need for bad language,” said Edward piously.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pious