a movement, originating in the Lutheran Church in Germany in the 17th century, that stressed personal piety over religious formality and orthodoxy.
the principles and practices of the Pietists.
(lowercase) intensity of religious devotion or feeling.
(lowercase) exaggeration or affectation of piety.

Origin of Pietism

1690–1700; < German Pietismus < Latin piet(ās) piety + German -ismus -ism
Related formsPi·e·tist, nounpi·e·tis·tic, pi·e·tis·ti·cal, adjectivepi·e·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for Pietism

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Examples from the Web for pietistic

Historical Examples of pietistic

  • We can think of God's Kingdom and righteousness only in the light of the pietistic.

  • Snoilsky was "awake," to use a pietistic expression, Bjrck was dead.

    The Growth of a Soul

    August Strindberg

  • His mind was sombre and pietistic, and his imagination bizarre and vivid.

    Old Continental Towns

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • Did not the poet Young exclaim, in one of his most pietistic "Night Thoughts,"

    Seeing and Hearing

    George W. E. Russell

  • But I was never able to observe that it produced any pietistic tone in number 94.

    Immortal Youth

    Lucien Price

British Dictionary definitions for pietistic



a less common word for piety
excessive, exaggerated, or affected piety or saintliness
Derived Formspietist, nounpietistic or pietistical, adjective



history a reform movement in the German Lutheran Churches during the 17th and 18th centuries that strove to renew the devotional ideal
Derived FormsPietist, noun
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Word Origin and History for pietistic

1804, from pietist + -ic. Related: Pietistical.



also Pietism, 1690s, from German Pietismus, originally applied in derision to the movement to revive personal piety in the Lutheran Church, begun in Frankfurt c.1670 by Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705). See piety + -ism.

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