1. having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
; - Example: "pious readings"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pious \Pi"ous\, a. [L. pius: cf. F. pieux.]
1. Of or pertaining to piety; exhibiting piety; reverential;
dutiful; religious; devout; godly. "Pious hearts."
--Milton. "Pious poetry." --Johnson.
Where was the martial brother's pious care? --Pope.
2. Practiced under the pretext of religion; prompted by
mistaken piety; as, pious errors; pious frauds.
Syn: Godly; devout; religious; righteous.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity;
"pious readings" [ant: impious]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
76 Moby Thesaurus words for "pious":
Christian, Christianlike, Christianly, God-fearing, Tartuffian,
Tartuffish, adoring, affected, angelic, assured, believing,
canting, certain, confident, convinced, cultish, cultist,
cultistic, dedicated, devoted, devout, dogmatic, doubtless,
dutiful, faithful, false, fideistic, fraudulent, godlike, godly,
good, goody, goody-goody, holier-than-thou, holy, hypocritical,
impressed with, insincere, mealy-mouthed, mealymouthed, moral,
oily, persuaded, pharisaic, pietistic, pistic, positive, prayerful,
pretended, priestly, religious, reverent, reverential,
right-minded, saintly, sanctified, sanctimonious, satisfied,
secure, self-righteous, seraphic, smarmy, sniveling, sold on,
solemn, spiritual, sure, theistic, unctuous, under the impression,
undoubtful, undoubting, venerational, venerative, virtuous,