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.
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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