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piety

[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.
  3. dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial piety.
  4. a pious act, remark, belief, or the like: the pieties and sacrifices of an austere life.
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Origin of piety

1275–1325; Middle English piete < Middle French < Latin pietās, equivalent to pi(us) + -etās, variant (after i) of -itās; see pious, -ity
Related formssu·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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1. respect, veneration, awe. 2. godliness, devotion, devoutness, sanctity, holiness.

Antonyms

irreverence.
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piety

noun plural -ties
  1. dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles
  2. the quality or characteristic of being pious
  3. a pious action, saying, etc
  4. rare devotion and obedience to parents or superiors
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Word Origin

C13 piete, from Old French, from Latin pietās piety, dutifulness, from pius pious
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Word Origin and History for piety

n.

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.).

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