impiety

[ im-pahy-i-tee ]
/ ɪmˈpaɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural im·pi·e·ties.

lack of piety; lack of reverence for God or sacred things; irreverence.
lack of dutifulness or respect.
an impious act, practice, etc.

Nearby words

  1. impetuous,
  2. impetus,
  3. impf.,
  4. imphal,
  5. impi,
  6. impinge,
  7. impingement,
  8. impingement attack,
  9. impious,
  10. impiously

Origin of impiety

1300–50; Middle English impietie < Latin impietās, equivalent to impi(us) impious + -etās, variant, after vowels, of -itās -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for impiety

impiety

/ (ɪmˈpaɪɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of reverence or proper respect for a god
any lack of proper respect
an impious act
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Word Origin and History for impiety

impiety

n.

mid-14c., from Old French impieté (12c.), from Latin impietatem (nominative impietas) "irreverence, ungodliness; disloyalty, treason," noun of quality from impius (see impious).

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