[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 impiously

Historical Examples of impiously

  • He always had known it, but he had impiously doubted them--doubted Her.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

  • It is so wicked, so impiously wicked to wish for the death of a fellow creature.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell

  • She impiously called on Heaven to strike her dead as she lay!

    The Lost Lady of Lone

    E.D.E.N. Southworth

  • God forbid that we should say impiously to Him, Why hast thou made me thus?

    The Water of Life

    Charles Kingsley

  • Bristol and Liverpool traders in "blackbirds," as the iniquitous slave trade was impiously termed, amassed fortunes.

    Chats on Old Clocks

    Arthur Hayden

British Dictionary definitions for impiously



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



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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