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pious
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Definition
religious or highly moral
  • Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds, The better to beguile.
    1.3 — Act 1 Scene 3 — A room in Polonius's house (95% in)
pious = highly religious and moral

(editor's note:  Baud is an old word for prostitute.)
  • The first row of the pious chanson will show you more; for look where my abridgment comes.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — A room in the Castle (70% in)
pious = religious
There are no more uses of "pious" flagged with this meaning in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

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2  —1 use as in:
a pious hypocrite
Definition
self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
  • —We are oft to blame in this,— 'tis too much prov'd,—that with devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The Devil himself.
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — A room in the Castle (26% in)
pious = appearing highly religious and moral even though it's not true
There are no more uses of "pious" flagged with this meaning in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Comprehensive Dictionary (Oxford® US)Dictionary list — Onelook.com®