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pious

adjective uk   /ˈpaɪ.əs/ us  

pious adjective (RELIGIOUS)

strongly believing in religion, and living in a way that shows this belief: She is a pious follower of the faith, never missing her prayers.Worshipping a god

pious adjective (PRETENDING)

disapproving pretending to have sincere feelings: Quit the pious apologies - I know you don't really care.Affected and insincere pious hope UK something that is unlikely to happenUnreal things and unrealityHoping and hopefulnessPotential
piously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Worshipping a godAffected and insincere
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