[im-pee-uhs, im-pahy-]


not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God, religious practices, etc.; irreligious; ungodly.

Origin of impious

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

Synonyms for impious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impious

Contemporary Examples of impious

  • By the way, this article is not only impious and damnable, it's also almost certainly illegal to read or publish it in Gaza.

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    Hamas: The Palestinian Fashion Police

    Hussein Ibish

    April 9, 2013

Historical Examples of impious

British Dictionary definitions for impious



lacking piety or reverence for a god; ungodly
lacking respect; undutiful
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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