reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations: a prayer full of piety.
the quality or state of being pious: saintly piety.
dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial piety.
a pious act, remark, belief, or the like: the pieties and sacrifices of an austere life.
- su·per·pi·e·ty, noun, plural su·per·pi·e·ties.
- un·pi·e·ty, noun, plural un·pi·e·ties.
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How to use piety in a sentence
Her song “VBS” takes its story from Dacus’ own experiences at Christian camp, where darker undercurrents of restlessness and nihilism course below her piety.
She breaks rules when it’s the only way to reassert the importance of filial piety.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
“It seems that the different standard is (based on) the length of the beard and outwardly display of piety,” Hamdani said.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy | Shaheen Pasha | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he is to give this permission only to a priest “who has piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life.”Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His policies helped engender the rise of an intolerant and severe nationalism that conflates piety with patriotism.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner | Chris Allbritton | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once they win, these principles get absorbed into common sense—and, of course, get betrayed left and right, like any civic piety.Climate Change Needs the Politics of the Impossible | Jedediah Purdy | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before, his actions had been closely aligned church policies, which were basically a CYA masquerading as piety.
Certainly captain Merveilles and his people showed unusual piety.
This stubborn resistance lent all the more lustre to the piety of our benignant Rulers.
I came here, as I supposed, a fairly good Christian, with an average amount of piety and an average number of faults.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
And for this reason the first help should be given to this State, and not to what has the pretext of piety.
To me the national affectation of piety and holiness resembles a white shirt put on over a dirty skin.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for piety
dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles
the quality or characteristic of being pious
a pious action, saying, etc
rare devotion and obedience to parents or superiors
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