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This is Portuguese allover—indolence, piousness, poverty, impotence.

There ain't no piousness stickin' out on him fer folks to hang their hat on, neither.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Latin pius "dutiful, devout, conscientious, religious; faithful to kindred; inspired by friendship, prompted by natural affections," perhaps [Klein] related to Latin purus "pure, clean" (see pure). Often coupled with fraud (n.) from at least 1630s. Related: Piously; piousness.

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