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.
- 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
Pecuniary profit he had never sought, and its pursuit he scorned.196 His views were dynamico-organic, pietistic, and antagonistic.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
As long as the work was mostly in country villages the preaching was naturally of the Pietistic type.History of the Moravian Church | J. E. Hutton
It shows that there is some individuality developed among them, and that they will not become too exclusively pietistic.
High office could only be acquired by becoming a servile instrument of the pietistic party, which was headed by the king.The Prussian Terror | Alexandre Dumas
He never stooped to pietistic clap-trap, or chanted the jaunty chauvinism that has so often caused the Hoosier stars to blink.Atlantic Classics | Various
British Dictionary definitions for pietism (1 of 2)
a less common word for piety
excessive, exaggerated, or affected piety or saintliness
- pietist, noun
- pietistic or pietistical, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Pietism (2 of 2)
history a reform movement in the German Lutheran Churches during the 17th and 18th centuries that strove to renew the devotional ideal
- Pietist, noun
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