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Today's word is:

pious

|ˈpīəs|

adjective

Devoutly religious.

  • Making a hypocritical display of virtue: There'll be no pious words said over her.
  • [ attrib. ] (of a hope) Sincere but unlikely to be fulfilled.
  • archaic. Dutiful or loyal, esp. toward one's parents.

ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Latin pius 'dutiful, pious' + -ous.