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impiety

[im-pahy-i-tee]
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noun, plural im·pi·e·ties.
  1. lack of piety; lack of reverence for God or sacred things; irreverence.
  2. lack of dutifulness or respect.
  3. an impious act, practice, etc.
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Origin of impiety

1300–50; Middle English impietie < Latin impietās, equivalent to impi(us) impious + -etās, variant, after vowels, of -itās -ity
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  • Their spirit of profanation and impiety arrived at the extreme pitch.

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

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

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

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


British Dictionary definitions for impiety

impiety

noun plural -ties
  1. lack of reverence or proper respect for a god
  2. any lack of proper respect
  3. an impious act
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Word Origin and History for impiety

n.

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

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