Meaning of “pious” in the English Dictionary

"pious" in British English

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uk /ˈpaɪ.əs/ us /ˈpaɪ.əs/

pious adjective (PRETENDING)

disapproving pretending to have sincere feelings:

Quit the pious apologies - I know you don't really care.
pious hope UK

something that is unlikely to happen

adverb uk /ˈpaɪ.ə us /ˈpaɪ.ə

(Definition of “pious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pious" in American English

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us /ˈpɑɪ·əs/

strongly believing in God or a particular religion, and living in a way that shows this belief

(Definition of “pious” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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