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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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