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used in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
  • Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now ... he looked ... good and pious...
    Chapter 24 (24% in)
pious = highly moral or religious
  • miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it's a trial that's sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sympathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother's heart, because out of their mouths they can't, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody-goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to crying fit to bust.
    Chapter 25 (22% in)

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