Definition of piety in English:

piety

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being religious or reverent.

    ‘acts of piety and charity’
    • ‘An atmosphere of piety and religious fervour permeated the building, as the Catholics, many of whom had taken time off from work, gathered in front of a large photo of the Pope placed on the altar.’
    • ‘The Italian-inspired architecture of the baroque period reflects a combination of religious piety and worldly opulence.’
    • ‘They take advantage of the sentiments of people who think they are doing an act of piety and charity at the same time.’
    • ‘‘I'm not doing it out of any sense of religious piety or anything,’ Megan explained.’
    • ‘Superstition more than prayer and piety characterized popular religiosity there.’
    • ‘Machiavelli certainly exaggerated when he observed in The Prince that, ‘owing to the bad example set by the Court of Rome, Italy has lost all piety and religion’.’
    • ‘Although wealth is often inversely related to religious piety, the dissatisfaction amidst great wealth reveals a spiritual void that wealth cannot fill.’
    • ‘This follows the view that ‘useful ‘knowledge is that which enhances religious piety.’’
    • ‘His religious piety, even his self-critique, seems sincere here.’
    • ‘Most authors gave consistent coverage of themes, with the exception of lay religious piety and practice.’
    • ‘Once there was devotion, piety, fervor, religion, holy priests, purity of heart.’
    • ‘It also appeals to the emotion in a very direct way and gives us an insight into Bach's own personal religious piety.’
    • ‘The former have been religions of piety with a strong tendency to deny reason.’
    • ‘True spirituality does not vest in any one religion or form of piety, it is to be found in the least expected of places.’
    • ‘Of course, I don't mind because this was the surest way of curing me of any religious piety.’
    • ‘The unintended but inevitable outcome of this religious subjectivism was the separation of religious piety from secular learning.’
    • ‘Commemorating the Crib means passing on the history of popular piety and religiosity.’
    • ‘Independent political inactivity now went hand in hand with religious quietism and piety.’
    • ‘The strain of keeping up the appearance of piety while lacking all religious conviction helped to turn him into a querulous hypochondriac whom it was difficult for his wife and son to love or respect.’
    • ‘This was one act of religious piety that did not convey anger, but deepened communal solidarity.’
    devoutness, devotion, piousness, religiousness, religion, holiness, godliness, sanctity, sanctitude, saintliness, devotion to god, veneration, reverence, faith, religious duty, spirituality, sacredness, religious zeal, fervour, pietism, religiosity
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    1. 1.1count noun A belief which is accepted with unthinking conventional reverence.
      ‘the accepted pieties of our time’
      • ‘There is no need to pay excessive deference to the political pieties and givens of the region.’
      • ‘She doesn't care what anybody thinks is appropriate behavior, or which topics are just not talked about, or about the liberal pieties, she snarls right back.’
      • ‘In Ireland the pieties of the old culture remained in place.’
      • ‘The result, drawn from their words and the journals of company members, is affecting advocacy theatre: while sometimes overly earnest, it never falls into abstract pieties.’
      • ‘The pretensions and pieties of national leaders merit an outpouring of derision and scorn.’
      • ‘For all the pieties that the press and television are merely objective observers of the political pageant, this is the moment when coverage decisions can affect the outcome.’
      • ‘Speech returned, haltingly, in two guises: information from the inferno and pieties from the government.’
      • ‘These may sound like the conventional pieties.’
      • ‘And for so long the pieties, dogmas, and set of assumptions being taught on college campuses have been found on the far left.’
      • ‘Jotted down, her words are broken, repetitive, a string of conventional pieties.’
      • ‘Coming of age just after the Second World War, he was too old to be a child of the 1960s, but too young to accept the pieties his parents might have taken for granted.’
      • ‘Since then, the big guys have issued a running series of paper promises and formal commitments, none of which amounted to more than empty pieties.’
      • ‘This flies in the face of centuries of pieties about the power of literature.’
      • ‘Where two pieties - feminism and multiculturalism - come into conflict, the only way of preserving both is an indecent silence.’
      • ‘The characters remained self-absorbed, oblivious to conventional morality or the pieties of political correctness.’
      • ‘Nationalists do not like us to question their pieties, especially their essentialism and attempt to justify the nation as always necessary and always right.’
      • ‘The hard-bitten cynic and skeptic smiles with inward pride when his friends chuckle over his well-wrought and ironic disdain for conventional pieties.’
      • ‘Instead, a ‘good citizen’ is someone who will stand up for conventional wisdom and affirm the pieties of the status quo.’
      • ‘It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment.’
      • ‘You remember the good times, the pieties you observed around one another.’
      dutifulness, obedience, deference, duty, respect, respectfulness, compliance, acquiescence, tractability, tractableness
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Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘devotion to religious observances’): from Old French piete, from Latin pietas ‘dutifulness’, from pius (see pious).

Pronunciation

piety

/ˈpʌɪəti/