- a movement, originating in the Lutheran Church in Germany in the 17th century, that stressed personal piety over religious formality and orthodoxy.
- the principles and practices of the Pietists.
- (lowercase) intensity of religious devotion or feeling.
- (lowercase) exaggeration or affectation of piety.
Origin of Pietism
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Examples from the Web for pietism
Those of us who have no form of pietism feel cut off from making the attempt at all.The Conquest of Fear
This and his stay in England gave an Anglican turn to his German pietism.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
John was a compound of romanticism, pietism, realism, and naturalism.
His Journal was read at home by John's step-mother, who inclined to pietism.
One cannot separate the influence of Pietism and that of the Opera.Handel
- a less common word for piety
- excessive, exaggerated, or affected piety or saintliness
- history a reform movement in the German Lutheran Churches during the 17th and 18th centuries that strove to renew the devotional ideal
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Word Origin and History for pietism
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