pious

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pīus (pious, dutiful, blessed, kind, devout), from Proto-Indo-European *pey- (to adore). Cognate with Old English fǣle (faithful, trusty, good; dear, beloved). More at feal.

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pious (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.

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  • Sometimes used pejoratively, in the sense of "mistaken" or "false" piety, as in "pious errors", "pious frauds".

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