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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pious  \Pi"ous\,  a.  [L.  pius:  cf  F.  pieux.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  piety;  exhibiting  piety;  reverential; 
  dutiful;  religious;  devout;  godly.  ``Pious  hearts.'' 
  --Milton.  ``Pious  poetry.''  --Johnson. 
 
  Where  was  the  martial  brother's  pious  care?  --Pope. 
 
  2.  Practiced  under  the  pretext  of  religion;  prompted  by 
  mistaken  piety;  as  pious  errors;  pious  frauds. 
 
  Syn:  Godly;  devout;  religious;  righteous. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  pious 
  adj  1:  having  or  showing  or  expressing  reverence  for  a  deity; 
  "pious  readings"  [ant:  {impious}] 
  2:  devoutly  religious;  "a  god-fearing  and  law-abiding  people" 
  H.L.Mencken  [syn:  {devout},  {god-fearing}] 




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