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pious
used in Arrowsmith

3 meanings, 9 uses
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1  —7 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Definition
religious or highly moral
  • God give me a restlessness whereby I may neither sleep nor accept praise till my observed results equal my calculated results or in pious glee I discover and assault my error.
    Chapter 26 (33% in)
pious = highly religious and highly moral
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her father, Andrew Jackson Tozer, sometimes known as Jackass Tozer; owner of the bank, of the creamery, and an elevator, therefore the chief person in town; pious at Wednesday evening prayer-meeting, fussing over every penny he gave to Leora or her mother.
    Chapter 6 (42% in)
  • pious = highly religious
  • The bed in his room was lumpy but covered with a chaste figured spread, and the flowery pitcher and bowl rested on a cover embroidered in red with lambs, frogs, water lilies, and a pious motto.
    Chapter 9 (60% in)
  • pious = religious or moral
  • Mrs. Tredgold, best natured as she was least pious of women, adopted her complete.
    Chapter 22 (80% in)
  • pious = religious
  • He walked out of the McGurk Building in a melancholy, deprecatory way, with one breeches leg bulging over his riding-boots; and however piously he tried, he never remembered to button his blouse over the violet-flowered shirts which, he often confided, you could buy ever so cheap on Eighth Avenue.
    Chapter 27 (75% in)
  • piously = earnestly attempting to do the right thing
  • The line of trucks roared down to Carib, the rat-catchers sitting atop, singing pious hymns.
    Chapter 34 (48% in)
  • pious = religious
  • I am a pious agnostic.
    Chapter 34 (63% in)
pious = religious

(editor's note:  an agnostic is someone who says they do not know if God exists or not)
There are no more uses of "pious" flagged with this meaning in Arrowsmith.

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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)
  • He alleged that he was a licensed pharmacist but he so mangled prescriptions that Martin burst into the store and addressed him piously.
    Chapter 15 (38% in)
piously = in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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3  —1 use as in:
cling to the pious hope
Definition
(describing a hope or wish as) sincere, but highly unlikely
  • They danced hand in hand about the living-room of the fraternity, piously assuring one another, "He'll use it—it's all right—he'll get through or get hanged!"
    Chapter 3 (74% in)
piously = clinging to a sincere wish that is highly unlikely
There are no more uses of "pious" flagged with this meaning in Arrowsmith.

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