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pious
used in David Copperfield

6 uses
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Definition behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
  • Mrs. Micawber shook her head, and dropped a pious tear upon the twin who happened to be in hand.
    Chapters 10-12 (81% in)
  • It was written with a plain, unaffected, homely piety that I knew to be genuine, and ended with 'my duty to my ever darling' — meaning myself.
    Chapters 28-30 (48% in)
  • At length I was moving quietly towards the door, with the intention of saying that perhaps I should consult his feelings best by withdrawing: when he said, with his hands in his coat pockets, into which it was as much as he could do to get them; and with what I should call, upon the whole, a decidedly pious air: 'You are probably aware, Mr. Copperfield, that I am not altogether destitute of worldly possessions, and that my daughter is my nearest and dearest relative?'
    Chapters 37-39 (35% in)
  • 'I should not allow,' said Mr. Spenlow, with an evident increase of pious sentiment, and slowly shaking his head as he poised himself upon his toes and heels alternately, 'my suitable provision for my child to be influenced by a piece of youthful folly like the present.
    Chapters 37-39 (37% in)
  • I heard so much of Twenty Seven, of his pious admonitions to everybody around him, and of the beautiful letters he constantly wrote to his mother (whom he seemed to consider in a very bad way), that I became quite impatient to see him.
    Chapters 61-62 (33% in)
  • I could not discover whether my aunt, in her last short conversation with me, had fallen on a pious fraud, or had really mistaken the state of my mind.
    Chapters 61-62 (97% in)

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