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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
  • Dear, don't speak so bitter about 'pious' people.
    Chapter 32 (70% in)
pious = highly moral or religious
  • Pious families in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakotas send their children thither, and Blodgett protects them from the wickedness of the universities.
    Chapter 1 (12% in)
  • He was, in fact, a museum specimen of what a small town, a well-disciplined public school, a tradition of hearty humor, and a pious mother could produce from the material of a courageous and ingenious mind.
    Chapter 9 (47% in)
  • It was impossible to sit on it without folding the hands and listening piously.
    Chapter 11 (7% in)
  • Mrs. Bogart spoke of the eloquence of the Reverend Mr. Zitterel, the coldness of cold days, the price of poplar wood, Dave Dyer's new hair-cut, and Cy Bogart's essential piety.
    Chapter 15 (45% in)
  • I goes in, pious as Widow Bogart, and sits still and never cracks a smile while the preacher is favoring us with his misinformation on evolution.
    Chapter 26 (41% in)
  • The congregation had doffed their piety.
    Chapter 30 (50% in)
  • A rich farming-center in New Jersey, off the railroad, furiously pious, ruled by old men, unbelievably ignorant old men, sitting about the grocery talking of James G. Blaine.
    Chapter 37 (82% in)

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