- 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.
Origin of piety
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Examples from the Web for piety
“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
December 21, 2014
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
Before, his actions had been closely aligned church policies, which were basically a CYA masquerading as piety.Donald Wuerl: America’s Candidate for Pope?
March 10, 2013
People should cross themselves with piety and without rushing.Pussy Riot, Modern Russian Women Trapped in Putin’s Time Machine
August 18, 2012
Ramadan is meant to be a time of piety and spiritual reflection.A Ramadan of Discontent
July 28, 2011
The Phoenicians who were not interested in piety succeeded where the others had failed.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
After all their piety was aimless and of no utility to humanity.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Devote, then, ye mothers of Israel, devote your babes to piety and God!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
All their abilities should scent of piety and the fear of God.
If we imitate Lydia in diligence, let us not forget to imitate her in 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
Word Origin and History for piety
early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), "mercy, tenderness, pity," from Old French piete "piety, faith; pity, compassion" (12c.), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "dutiful conduct, sense of duty; religiousness, piety; loyalty, patriotism; faithfulness to natural ties," in Late Latin "gentleness, kindness, pity;" from pius "kind" (see pious). Meaning "piousness" attested in English from c.1600. Also see pity (n.).