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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from 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.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpaɪəs/
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AdjectiveEdit

pious (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)[1]
      Its male residents dress like crows: heavy black suits, black Borsalino hats, the old grandfathers hugely whiskered and the boys in peot, the curled sidelocks of the pious.
    • The righteous and pious exist until the disappearance of evil and after... absolute joy.

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  • Sometimes used pejoratively, in the sense of "mistaken" or "false" piety, as in "pious errors", "pious frauds".

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