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[im-pahy-i-tee] /ɪmˈpaɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural impieties.
lack of piety; lack of reverence for God or sacred things; irreverence.
lack of dutifulness or respect.
an impious act, practice, etc.
Origin of impiety
1300-50; Middle English impietie < Latin impietās, equivalent to impi(us) impious + -etās, variant, after vowels, of -itās -ity Unabridged
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  • Their spirit of profanation and impiety arrived at the extreme pitch.

  • In the Euthyphro, Socrates is awaiting his trial for impiety.

    Euthyphro Plato
  • Euthyphro replies, that 'Piety is what is dear to the gods, and impiety is what is not dear to them.'

    Euthyphro Plato
  • Which shows, Socrates, how little they know what the gods think about piety and impiety.

    Euthyphro Plato
  • I am sure, therefore, that you know the nature of piety and impiety.

    Euthyphro Plato
  • There are three causes of impiety, and from each of them spring impieties of two kinds, six in all.

    Laws Plato
  • Will not the fear of impiety enable them to conquer that which many who were inferior to them have conquered? '

    Laws Plato
  • Death or expulsion was the Athenian penalty for impiety (Telfy).

    Laws Plato
  • Magic, impiety, enchantments, are often the effects of a diseased imagination.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
British Dictionary definitions for impiety


noun (pl) -ties
lack of reverence or proper respect for a god
any lack of proper respect
an impious act
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Word Origin and History for impiety

mid-14c., from Old French impieté (12c.), from Latin impietatem (nominative impietas) "irreverence, ungodliness; disloyalty, treason," noun of quality from impius (see impious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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