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pious
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

2 meanings, 11 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Definition
religious or highly moral
  • When I went there, she was a pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman.
    Chapter 7 (10% in)
pious = highly moral
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He made the greatest pretensions to piety.
    Chapter 9 (49% in)
  • piety = highly moral behavior
  • ...the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time.
    Appendix (30% in)
pious = religious
There are no more uses of "pious" flagged with this meaning in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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2  —8 uses as in:
a pious hypocrite
Definition
self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
  • It is said to have been drawn, several years before the present anti-slavery agitation began, by a northern Methodist preacher, who, while residing at the south, had an opportunity to see slaveholding morals, manners, and piety, with his own eyes.
    Appendix (73% in)
piety = self-righteous belief (believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • A great many times have we poor creatures been nearly perishing with hunger, when food in abundance lay mouldering in the safe and smoke-house, and our pious mistress was aware of the fact; and yet that mistress and her husband would kneel every morning, and pray that God would bless them in basket and store!
    Chapter 9 (20% in)
  • pious = self-righteousness (wrongly believing in her moral superiority)
  • ...there was a white young man, a Mr. Wilson, who proposed to keep a Sabbath school for the instruction of such slaves as might be disposed to learn to read the New Testament. We met but three times, when Mr. West and Mr. Fairbanks, both class-leaders, with many others, came upon us with sticks and other missiles, drove us off, and forbade us to meet again. Thus ended our little Sabbath school in the pious town of St. Michael's.
    Chapter 9 (65% in)
  • pious = self-righteous (thought to be highly moral when it is not true)
  • Here was a recently-converted man, holding on upon the mother, and at the same time turning out her helpless child, to starve and die! Master Thomas was one of the many pious slaveholders who hold slaves for the very charitable purpose of taking care of them.
    Chapter 9 (80% in)
  • pious = self-righteous (believing themselves to be highly moral when it is not true)
  • Added to the natural good qualities of Mr. Covey, he was a professor of religion—a pious soul—a member and a class-leader in the Methodist church.
    Chapter 9 (97% in)
  • pious = self-righteous (thought to be highly moral when it is not true)
  • He who sells my sister, for purposes of prostitution, stands forth as the pious advocate of purity.
    Appendix (19% in)
  • pious = self-righteous (acting as though highly moral when it is not true)
  • The slave auctioneer's bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master.
    Appendix (28% in)
  • pious = self-righteous (acting as though highly moral when it is not true)
  •   A PARODY:
      Come, saints and sinners, hear me tell
      How pious priests whip Jack and Nell,
    Appendix (75% in)
pious = self-righteous (acting as though highly moral when it is not true)
There are no more uses of "pious" flagged with this meaning in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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