V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. showing religious reverence; 2. religious

Synonyms: religious, reverent, spiritual, devout, devoted, righteous, faithful, sanctimonious

Antonyms: agnostic, unholy, irreverent

Tips: Pious is derived from the Latin pius, which means "dutiful, devout." Someone described as pious is devoutly religious. The related noun piety means "devotion" or "sanctity," while impiety means "sacrilege" or "lack of reverence." Use pious as a more sophisticated way of describing someone who is devoutly religious.

Usage Examples:

He was a pious man who went to church every Sunday. (devout, spiritual)

He had a pious attitude toward the teachings of his religion and lived his life by them. (sanctimonious, devoted)

Joan was proud of her piety and always made it a point to praise God in front of others. (righteousness, sanctity, devotion) noun

The priest was frustrated with the man's impiety and tried to change him. (lack of reverence) noun

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