impiety


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im·pi·e·ty

 (ĭm-pī′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. im·pi·e·ties
1. The quality or state of being impious.
2. An impious act.
3. Undutifulness.

impiety

(ɪmˈpaɪɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. lack of reverence or proper respect for a god
2. any lack of proper respect
3. an impious act

im•pi•e•ty

(ɪmˈpaɪ ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being impious; irreverence.
2. an impious act or practice.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impiety - unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
unrighteousness - failure to adhere to moral principles; "forgave us our sins and cleansed us of all unrighteousness"
undutifulness - impiety characterized by lack of devotion to duty
irreligion, irreligiousness - the quality of not being devout
ungodliness, godlessness - impiety by virtue of not being a godly person
piety, piousness - righteousness by virtue of being pious
Translations
bedieviškumas

impiety

[ɪmˈpaɪətɪ] Nimpiedad f

impiety

n
Gottlosigkeit f, → Ungläubigkeit f; (= irreverence)Pietätlosigkeit f; (to God) → Ehrfurchtslosigkeit f; (to superior etc) → Respektlosigkeit f
(= act)Pietätlosigkeit f; (= irreverence)Respektlosigkeit f

impiety

[ɪmˈpaɪətɪ] n (frm) → empietà
References in classic literature ?
And, even with this terror in his heart, he could hardly avoid laughing, to imagine how the sanctified old patriarchal deacon would have been petrified by his minister's impiety.
I have understood that it was, to the last, her proudest boast, that she never had been on the water in her life, except upon a bridge; and that over her tea (to which she was extremely partial) she, to the last, expressed her indignation at the impiety of mariners and others, who had the presumption to go 'meandering' about the world.
Henrietta's pain had not, he thought, served any good purpose; but he did not want to say so, lest he should acquire a reputation for impiety and lose his practice.
But he feels that such conduct brings discredit on the name of Athens: he feels too, that the judge has sworn not to give away justice; and he cannot be guilty of the impiety of asking the judge to break his oath, when he is himself being tried for impiety.
The piety of the mother redeemed the impiety of the son's last act.
Pooh, pooh;" said the doctor, with the impiety usual in persons of his profession; "he is a churchman.
There is no impiety in believing that, when his long life was over, the apostle of the Indians was welcomed to the celestial abodes by the prophets of ancient days and by those earliest apostles and evangelists who had drawn their inspiration from the immediate presence of the Saviour.
I am quite sure I never should have presumed to have taken such liberties with the god myself, and I was not a little shocked at Kory-Kory's impiety.
Or thou canst, discarding their impiety of the cow-maiming, raise him to honor in thy army.
I was about to reply, notwithstanding my previous resolutions, with some remonstrance against his impiety, when I heard, close at my elbow, a slight cough, which sounded very much like the ejaculation "ahem
In this case it must seem to you that to part with them would be an impiety of the worst kind, a simple sacrilege
Rouncewell adds--only "almost" because it borders on impiety to suppose that anything could be better than it is, in such an express dispensation as the Dedlock affairs--"that my Lady has no family.