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[im-pee-uhs, im-pahy-]
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  1. not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God, religious practices, etc.; irreligious; ungodly.
  2. disrespectful.
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Origin of impious

1565–75; < Latin impius. See im-2, pious
Related formsim·pi·ous·ly, adverbim·pi·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for impious


  1. lacking piety or reverence for a god; ungodly
  2. lacking respect; undutiful
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Derived Formsimpiously, adverbimpiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impious


1590s, from Latin impius "without reverence, irreverent, wicked; undutiful, unpatriotic," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pius (see pious). Related: Impiously; impiousness.

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