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Definition of pious adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

pious

adjective
/ˈpaɪəs/ pious pronunciation American
 
1 having or showing a deep respect for God and religion synonym devoutpious acts antonym impious see also piety2 (disapproving) pretending to be religious, moral, or good in order to impress other people synonym sanctimoniouspious sentimentsHe dismissed his critics as pious do-gooders.3 pious hope something that you want to happen but is unlikely to be achievedSuch reforms seem likely to remain little more than pious hopes. piously
piously pronunciation American
adverb“ There's no need for bad language,” said Edward piously.