SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God, religious practices, etc.; irreligious; ungodly. Origin of impious 1565–75;
pious Related forms im·pi·ous·ly, adverb im·pi·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for impiously Historical Examples of impiously
He always had known it, but he had
impiously doubted them--doubted Her.
It is so wicked, so
impiously wicked to wish for the death of a fellow creature.
impiously called on Heaven to strike her dead as she lay!
God forbid that we should say
impiously to Him, Why hast thou made me thus?
Bristol and Liverpool traders in "blackbirds," as the iniquitous slave trade was
impiously termed, amassed fortunes. British Dictionary definitions for impiously adjective lacking piety or reverence for a god; ungodly lacking respect; undutiful Derived Forms impiously, adverb impiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impiously adj.
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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