- 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 pietist
She caused the Pietist to visit her daily and instruct her in the stern belief.A German Pompadour
"You are not going to be a pietist, I suppose," broke in the doctor as he filled his glass.Fair Haven and Foul Strand
The housemaid was a pietist and allowed to be so, as much as she pleased.The Growth of a Soul
He began to race with her, and frequented the pietist meetings.
He was also a pietist from spiritual pride, as all pietists are.
- 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 pietist
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