Definition of pious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪəs//
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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. a rather pious and condescending smile
  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.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin pius ‘dutiful, pious’ + -ous.
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