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Pietism

[pahy-i-tiz-uh m] /ˈpaɪ ɪˌtɪz əm/
noun
1.
a movement, originating in the Lutheran Church in Germany in the 17th century, that stressed personal piety over religious formality and orthodoxy.
2.
the principles and practices of the Pietists.
3.
(lowercase) intensity of religious devotion or feeling.
4.
(lowercase) exaggeration or affectation of piety.
Origin of Pietism
1690-1700
1690-1700; < German Pietismus < Latin piet(ās) piety + German -ismus -ism
Related forms
Pietist, noun
pietistic, pietistical, adjective
pietistically, adverb
Synonyms
4. sanctimony.
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Examples from the Web for Pietism
Historical Examples
  • Those of us who have no form of Pietism feel cut off from making the attempt at all.

  • This and his stay in England gave an Anglican turn to his German Pietism.

  • John was a compound of romanticism, Pietism, realism, and naturalism.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • His Journal was read at home by John's step-mother, who inclined to Pietism.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • One cannot separate the influence of Pietism and that of the Opera.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • Pietism and sentimentalism have supplanted in a large measure the ethical.

  • We may be permitted to try to show the meaning of Pietism by a concrete example.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • The answers which æstheticism and Pietism gave to rationalism were incomplete.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • Browning's Christianity is wider than our creeds, and is all the more vitally Christian in that it never sinks into Pietism.

  • This Pietism, nowhere else so paramount, except for a short period in Siena, constitutes the individuality of Umbria.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for Pietism

pietism

/ˈpaɪɪˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
a less common word for piety
2.
excessive, exaggerated, or affected piety or saintliness
Derived Forms
pietist, noun
pietistic, pietistical, adjective

Pietism

/ˈpaɪɪˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
(history) a reform movement in the German Lutheran Churches during the 17th and 18th centuries that strove to renew the devotional ideal
Derived Forms
Pietist, noun
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Word Origin and History for Pietism

pietism

n.

also Pietism, 1690s, from German Pietismus, originally applied in derision to the movement to revive personal piety in the Lutheran Church, begun in Frankfurt c.1670 by Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705). See piety + -ism.

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