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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or quality of being pious, especially.
  • noun Religious devotion and reverence.
  • noun Devotion and reverence to parents and family.
  • noun A devout act, thought, or statement.
  • noun A position held conventionally or hypocritically.
  • noun A statement of such a position.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being pious or having filial affection; natural or filial affection; dutiful conduct or behavior toward one's parents, relatives, country, or benefactors.
  • noun Faith in and reverence for the Supreme Being; filial obedience inspired by these sentiments; godliness.
  • noun Synonyms Devotion, Sanctity, etc. See religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Veneration or reverence of the Supreme Being, and love of his character; loving obedience to the will of God, and earnest devotion to his service.
  • noun Duty; dutifulness; filial reverence and devotion; affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents, relatives, benefactors, country, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable reverence and devotion to God
  • noun uncountable similar reverence to one's parents and family
  • noun countable a devout act or thought

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun righteousness by virtue of being pious

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English piete, mercy, pity, from Old French, from Latin pietās, dutiful conduct, from pius, dutiful.

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