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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 pietist
Historical Examples
  • She caused the pietist to visit her daily and instruct her in the stern belief.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • "You are not going to be a pietist, I suppose," broke in the doctor as he filled his glass.

    Fair Haven and Foul Strand August Strindberg
  • The housemaid was a pietist and allowed to be so, as much as she pleased.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • He was also a pietist from spiritual pride, as all pietists are.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • He began to race with her, and frequented the pietist meetings.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • A modern 'ape' might feel justified in calling him a pietist since he was converted!

    Zones of the Spirit August Strindberg
  • Thinking he understood Talleyrand, he said to him: People make me out to be a pietist.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • Kanitz is a pietist and legitimist, while Blow is neither one nor the other.

  • That would mean handing us over to the crown prince—the pietist!

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • He was not a pietist, and there was no great religious feeling in his work.

British Dictionary definitions for pietist

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 pietist
n.

also Pietist, 1690s; see pietism + -ist. As an adjective from 1705.

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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