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1. Stress on the emotional and personal aspects of religion.
2. Affected or exaggerated piety.
3. Pietism A reform movement in the German Lutheran Church during the 1600s and 1700s, which strove to renew the devotional ideal in the Protestant religion.

[German Pietismus, from Latin pietās, piety; see piety.]

pi′e·tist n.
pi′e·tis′tic adj.
pi′e·tis′ti·cal·ly adv.


nPietist(in) m(f); (= pious person)frommer Mensch; (pej)Frömmler(in) m(f)
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Now, as always, Clare's father was sanguine as a child; and though the younger could not accept his parent's narrow dogma he revered his practice, and recognized the hero under the pietist.
I used to know her husband, and her too a little, before she'd joined the Pietists.
Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg, Pietist Lutheran missionary educated at Halle and commissioned by the Danish king, arrived at the Danish enclave of Tranquebar (Tarangambadi), South India, in July of 1706, and shortly set about learning Tamil.
accentuated a tension between the more Reformed-Lutheran Scholastic tradition within Evangelicalism and the more Wesleyan Pietist tradition.
Another set of adjectives expressed Pietist hopes for renewal of humanity and a better future for the church: the new man, born-again Christianity, the coming Philadelphian church.
From a March 2009 conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 25 papers look at Pietism and the Pietist impulse, continental German Pietism, the Pietist impulse under the conditions of modernity, Wesley the Pietist, trans-Atlantic Scandinavian Pietism during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Pietist impulse in North American Christianity, and the Pietist impulse in missions and globalizing Christianity.
Seibert, with roots "in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions," who teaches Old Testament at Messiah College, in Mechanicsburg, PA, has a whole lot of 'splainin' to do.
As Protestants came under renewed repression, Pietist groups like the Salzburg Protestants, the Huguenots and the Moravians, who had pioneered the use of religious revivals, were forced to move seeking sanctuary in other more friendly Protestant states.
This psalm is a Wisdom poem, and beginning the Book of Psalms in this way, prioritizing a Wisdom poem, bolstered the case for the hakham, the sage and scholar, as against the hasid, the holy pietist, placing study and contemplation above cultic and private devotions.
The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church.
By the 17th century, the pietist movement in Germany and the Puritan movement started to emphasize experience, and experience became fundamentally associated with certain religious feelings in persons.
Donald Kraybill is a distinguished professor and senior fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.