Entry from British & World English dictionary
A deception intended to benefit those deceived, especially to strengthen religious belief.
- Liberty of thinking, and of expressing our thoughts, is always fatal to priestly power, and to those pious frauds, on which it is commonly founded.
- Of these, some may have been the effect of imagination applied to natural markings in rock, while others may have been pious frauds.
- It is the social duty of the few to fabricate and defend these noble lies and pious frauds for the well-being of society.
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