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 for pious
From 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.
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              Where was the martial brother's pious care? --Pope.
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     2. Practiced under the pretext of religion; prompted by
        mistaken piety; as, pious errors; pious frauds.
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     Syn: Godly; devout; religious; righteous.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity;
             "pious readings" [ant: impious]

From 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,

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