- 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 pietistic
We can think of God's Kingdom and righteousness only in the light of the pietistic.The Conquest of Fear
Snoilsky was "awake," to use a pietistic expression, Bjrck was dead.The Growth of a Soul
His mind was sombre and pietistic, and his imagination bizarre and vivid.Old Continental Towns
Walter M. Gallichan
Did not the poet Young exclaim, in one of his most pietistic "Night Thoughts,"Seeing and Hearing
George W. E. Russell
But I was never able to observe that it produced any pietistic tone in number 94.Immortal Youth
- 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 pietistic
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