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English definition of “pious”

pious

adjective (PRETENDING)    /ˈpaɪ.əs/
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 happen Unreal things and unrealityHoping and hopefulnessPotential piously     /-li/ adverb Worshipping a godAffected and insincere
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