filial piety

[ fil-ee-uhl pahy-i-tee ]

  1. (in Confucianism) the important virtue and primary duty of respect, obedience, and care for one's parents and elderly family members.

Origin of filial piety

First recorded in 1610–20

Words Nearby filial piety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use filial piety in a sentence

  • Soon, however, his noble features brightened with a fervent look of blended filial piety and exultation.

  • There was something sublime, as well as much that was supremely touching, in this act of filial piety.

    The Pathfinder | James Fenimore Cooper
  • No wonder that such filial piety as his was rewarded with dominion, wealth, and fame.

  • Shun displayed his filial piety on a huge scale, and brought great honour to his parents and to himself.

  • It was made yet more touchingly memorable at that time, as you may have heard, by an instance of filial piety.

    Eugene Aram, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton