[ pahy-i-tee ]
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noun,plural pi·e·ties.
  1. reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations: a prayer full of piety.

  2. the quality or state of being pious: saintly piety.

  1. dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial piety.

  2. a pious act, remark, belief, or the like: the pieties and sacrifices of an austere life.

Origin of piety

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English piete, from Middle French, from Latin pietās, equivalent to pi(us) + -etās, variant (after i) of -itās; see pious, -ity

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  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for piety


/ (ˈpaɪɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles

  2. the quality or characteristic of being pious

  1. a pious action, saying, etc

  2. rare devotion and obedience to parents or superiors

Origin of piety

C13 piete, from Old French, from Latin pietās piety, dutifulness, from pius pious

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