Definition of pietism in English:



  • 1Pious sentiment, especially of an exaggerated or affected nature.

    • ‘Both built pietism into their systems, believing that society must be converted before the state could be conquered.’
    • ‘Rather than appealing to reason, pietism emphasized the strong emotional power of personal religious experience.’
    • ‘These doctrines become more tempting as forms of retreatism in postmodernity, in the face of increasing ethnic, religious, and sexual pluralism, functioning as a new reification of subjectivity, a new pietism of self.’
    • ‘As in many things, we must walk that line between legalism or pietism on the one hand and licentiousness on the other.’
    • ‘Paul, in a manner certainly inconsistent with the anti-intellectual pietism of our day, places the emphasis on our thinking.’
    sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, pietism, piousness, affected piety, affected superiority, false virtue, cant, humbug, pretence, posturing, speciousness, empty talk
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    1. 1.1A 17th-century movement for the revival of piety in the Lutheran Church.
      • ‘I must be open about the fact that I am relying heavily here on motifs that loom large in my own tradition of Calvinist pietism.’
      • ‘Rationalism and pietism were two viewpoints that reduced religious controversy during the 1700's.’
      • ‘In Halle, birthplace of George Frederick Handel and once a center of Lutheran pietism that preached the personal devotion to the Redeemer, only 10 percent of the inhabitants belong to a Christian denomination.’
      • ‘During the half-century after J. S. Bach's death in 1750, musical standards in Lutheranism declined rapidly in the face of triumphant Enlightenment rationalism and pietism.’
      • ‘The experiential pietism of the Great Awakening's revival preachers influenced prorevival Puritans to require testimony to an inner experience of personal encounter with God as a normative sign of conversion.’
      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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