Adjective "pious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Devoutly religious.
  1. 'She was a very pious woman who despised anything that was not Christian.'
  2. 'Both her father and mother were pious Christians who regularly conducted home devotions and faithfully attended church.'
  3. 'By prayer and meditation the pious Buddhist enters into living communion with the heavenly Lord.'
  4. 'Both feel deeply about nature and religion, and are devotedly pious to church and religion.'
  5. 'However, Bosch was an orthodox Christian, a member of the Brotherhood of our Lady, a pious religious confraternity.'
  6. 'When he enters, everybody falls to the ground in a very pious manner.'
  7. 'But her mother, my maternal grandmother, was very pious and strict about religion.'
  8. 'In fact, some of these would not be suitable for a more pious audience.'
  9. 'Of all the religions, the best religion is to repeat God's Name and to do pious deeds.'
  10. 'She is deeply pious but also brave and fiercely protective of her son.'
  11. 'Second, in the pious and hypocritical words of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ‘we live in a country of laws where there can be severe consequences for those who break them.’'
  12. 'The sheer supercilious, pious hypocracy fair takes the breath away.'
  13. 'He said all the pious words about fresh air and cuddly animals but nothing about the obligations which might be imposed on industry.'
  14. 'We will doubtless hear some pious hypocrisies from Jack Straw.'
  15. 'Laid out on the table in front of me were the pious platitudes of Government Ministers responding to the loss of 350 permanent jobs in Donegal.'
  16. 'We have more pious language, more platitudes, no clear definition, no consistency, and no clarity for those people who have to work under the Act.'
  17. 'But this is one issue on which I think incoherence and vacillation, combined with a liberal dose of pious platitudes, are exactly what most people want.'
  18. 'He's a pious hypocrite and a greedy, petty, stupid, mean-minded crook.'
  19. 'Many pious words have been spoken in the past few days about bringing the country back into the European family, supporting democracy, fresh starts, and so on.'
  20. 'I mean, that sounds rather pious, but that is the way it is.'
  21. 'Since sons and daughters were supposed to learn how to be loyal to the king by being pious to their parents, one could not easily excise the first bond.'
(of a hope) sincere but unlikely to be fulfilled.
  1. 'Despite pious hopes, it is unlikely that any national government will allow the UN to tax its citizens or that taxes, like books, will be destroyed by the Web.'
  2. 'However, their recommendation so far remained a pious wish without suitable legislative support.'
  3. 'That has turned out to be little more than a pious hope.'
  4. 'All of our economic objectives, and all the pious hopes that can ring around the walls of this House about what we might aim to achieve, will fail if we as a nation lack a sense of our national purpose.'
  5. 'The publication of this special edition of Folklore suggests that this possibility is now more than a pipe-dream or a pious hope.'
  6. 'Their response, however, consists of a pathetic mixture of pious wishes and unrealistic hopes.'
  7. 'The message was delivered through an intermediary, leaving the CIA with the pious hope that once its wishes had been made known, Viaux would respect them.'
  8. 'The option to renew is nothing other than what Cote calls ‘a pious hope that an agreement may later be reached’.'
  9. 'This announcement should be seen as a pious hope rather than as a political reality.'


1. having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.

2. characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.

3. practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives, or for some ostensibly good object; falsely earnest or sincere: a pious deception.

4. of or relating to religious devotion; sacred rather than secular: pious literature.

5. having or showing appropriat

More examples(as adjective)

"worshippers can be pious towards people."

"people can be pious."

"hopes can be pious."

"words can be pious."

"families can be pious."

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Late Middle English: from Latin pius ‘dutiful, pious’ + -ous.