noun, plural pi·e·ties.
Origin of piety
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|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
Before, his actions had been closely aligned church policies, which were basically a CYA masquerading as piety.
People should cross themselves with piety and without rushing.Pussy Riot, Modern Russian Women Trapped in Putin’s Time Machine|Masha Gessen|August 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ramadan is meant to be a time of piety and spiritual reflection.
In his brief he spoke in the highest terms of the Spanish episcopate, and of the piety and heroic devotion of the priesthood.The War Upon Religion|Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
Everywhere there was fierce force and seething energy, bringing forth fruit of piety or prowess.Ireland, Historic and Picturesque|Charles Johnston
The piety of Mademoiselle de Tonnay-Charente was violent and inflammatory.Princes and Poisoners|Frantz Funck-Brentano
These early examples of simplicity, piety, and integrity, always remained the nearest and dearest to him.Life of Chopin|Franz Liszt
She would be no let or hindrance to their piety; but they must ask her no awkward questions.Phantom Fortune, A Novel|M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for piety
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for piety
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.).