Pious vs Strict - What's the difference?

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Pious is a related term of strict.

As adjectives the difference between pious and strict

is that pious is of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing while strict is strained; drawn close; tight.




  • Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.
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  • Its male residents dress like crows: heavy black suits, black Borsalino hats, the old grandfathers hugely whiskered and the boys in peot, the curled sidelocks of the pious .

    Usage notes

    * Sometimes used pejoratively, in the sense of "mistaken" or "false" piety, as in "pious errors", "pious frauds".


    * reverent, reverential, dutiful, religious, devout, godly


    * (of or pertaining to piety) impious, independent, profane

    Derived terms

    * piously * piousness




  • Strained; drawn close; tight.
  • strict embrace
    strict ligature
  • Tense; not relaxed.
  • strict fiber
  • Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice.
  • to keep strict watch
    to pay strict attention
  • Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.
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    very strict in observing the Sabbath
  • Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted.
  • to understand words in a strict sense
  • (botany) Upright, or straight and narrow; — said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
  • Severe in discipline.
  • Usage notes

    * Stricter'' and ''strictest'' are the grammatically correct forms for the comparative and superlative though outside UK ''more strict'' and ''most strict are more often used.


    * lenient * lax * permissive