Definition of pietas in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpʌɪətɑːs//piːˈeɪtɑːs/


mass noun
  • Respect due to an ancestor, country, institution, etc.

    • ‘But pietas, once a virtue, is now out of fashion.’
    • ‘This genre bears an obvious resemblance to notions of pietas, which themselves constitute a utopian community situated in a past so idealized that it is almost fictional.’
    • ‘It was a simple act of pietas which reeks of nobility, but it might also have been a charm to ward off a similar fate.’
    • ‘From about 1500, however, the chief force in English humanism was the concept of pietas literata, or evangelical humanism, associated with Erasmus.’
    • ‘The first reason involves pietas, an ancient European, which is to say Roman, virtue that teaches us both reverence and gratitude for those on whose shoulders we stand.’


Latin, literally ‘dutifulness’.