- lack of piety; lack of reverence for God or sacred things; irreverence.
- lack of dutifulness or respect.
- an impious act, practice, etc.
Origin of impiety
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Examples from the Web for impiety
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Their spirit of profanation and impiety arrived at the extreme pitch.Roman Catholicism in Spain
In the Euthyphro, Socrates is awaiting his trial for impiety.
Which shows, Socrates, how little they know what the gods think about piety and impiety.
Euthyphro replies, that 'Piety is what is dear to the gods, and impiety is what is not dear to them.'
I am sure, therefore, that you know the nature of piety and impiety.
- 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
mid-14c., from Old French impieté (12c.), from Latin impietatem (nominative impietas) "irreverence, ungodliness; disloyalty, treason," noun of quality from impius (see impious).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper