from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or exhibiting religious reverence; earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; devout. See Synonyms at religious.
- adj. Marked by conspicuous devoutness: a pious and holy observation.
- adj. Marked by false devoutness; solemnly hypocritical: a pious fraud.
- adj. Devotional: pious readings.
- adj. Professing or exhibiting a strict, traditional sense of virtue and morality; high-minded.
- adj. Commendable; worthy: a pious effort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to piety; exhibiting piety; reverential; dutiful; religious; devout; godly.
- adj. Practiced under the pretext of religion; prompted by mistaken piety
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or exhibiting due respect and affection for parents or others to whom respect and affection are due; also, pertaining to or consisting in the duties of respect and affection toward parents or others.
- Having faith in and reverence for the Supreme Being; actuated by faith in and reverence for God; godly; devout: said of persons.
- Dictated by reverence for God; proceeding from piety: said of things: as, pious awe; pious services; pious sorrow.
- Practised under the pretense of religion or for a good end: as, pious frauds.
- Religious, holy, righteous, saintly. See religion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
From Latin pius, dutiful.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)