One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a pious family’
religious, devout, devoted, dedicated, reverent, God-fearing, churchgoing, spiritual, prayerful, holy, godly, saintly, faithful, dutiful, righteous
2‘a pious platitude’
sanctimonious, hypocritical, insincere, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, pietistic, churchy
for form's sake, to keep up appearances
informal goody-goody, pi
rare religiose, Pharisaic, Pharisaical
3‘a pious hope’
sincere, forlorn, vain, desperate, despairing, doomed, hopeless, lost
unlikely, unduly optimistic, unrealistic
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