[ pahy-i-tiz-uhm ]
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  1. a movement, originating in the Lutheran Church in Germany in the 17th century, that stressed personal piety over religious formality and orthodoxy.

  2. the principles and practices of the Pietists.

  1. (lowercase) intensity of religious devotion or feeling.

  2. (lowercase) exaggeration or affectation of piety.

Origin of Pietism

1690–1700; <German Pietismus<Latin piet(ās) piety + German -ismus-ism

Other words for Pietism

Other words from Pietism

  • Pi·e·tist, noun
  • pi·e·tis·tic, pi·e·tis·ti·cal, adjective
  • pi·e·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use Pietism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pietism (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpaɪɪˌtɪzəm) /

  1. a less common word for piety

  2. excessive, exaggerated, or affected piety or saintliness

Derived forms of pietism

  • pietist, noun
  • pietistic or pietistical, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Pietism (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpaɪɪˌtɪzəm) /

  1. history a reform movement in the German Lutheran Churches during the 17th and 18th centuries that strove to renew the devotional ideal

Derived forms of Pietism

  • Pietist, noun

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