[ pahy-i-tee ]
/ ˈpaɪ ɪ ti /
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noun, plural pi·e·ties.

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.



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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


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) /

noun plural -ties

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 for piety

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