pious Definition

  • 1devoutly religious
  • 2making a hypocritical display of virtue

Using pious: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pious" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was a pious woman who attended church every Sunday.

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    His pious words did not match his actions.

  • Example

    The politician's pious promises were not fulfilled.

  • Example

    The pious monk spent hours in prayer.

pious Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with pious

  • a deception or falsehood committed in the name of religion or moral righteousness


    The televangelist was accused of committing a pious fraud by using donations for personal gain.

  • pious wish

    a hope or desire that is unlikely to be fulfilled


    It is a pious wish to hope that everyone will live in peace and harmony.

  • a belief or view that is held with strong conviction but lacks evidence or proof


    His pious opinion about the existence of God was not shared by everyone in the room.

Origins of pious

from Latin 'pius', meaning 'dutiful'


Summary: pious in Brief

'Pious' [ˈpaɪəs] describes someone who is devoutly religious or makes a hypocritical display of virtue. It can refer to a person's actions, words, or beliefs, as in 'The politician's pious promises were not fulfilled.' 'Pious' can also be used in phrases like 'pious fraud,' which refers to a deception committed in the name of religion or moral righteousness.