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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.
Young Center books in Anabaptist & Pietist Studies
I once considered becoming a Pietist, until I was told there were actually no pies involved.
The Pietist movement combined the Lutheranism of the time with the Reformed emphasis on individual piety and living a vigorous Christian life.
It is known, however, that one of the persons chiefly responsible for the publication of this hymn book was Johann Konrad Ziegler (1692-1731), a leader in the Pietist revival at the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, who was also that movement's poet and hymn writer.
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.
When colonial Pennsylvania, with its Pietist, Anabaptist, and more "churchly" communities, was criticized by observers as "Babel," those criticisms most often referred to the supposed "confusion" that the religious diversity in the colony was said to create among its inhabitants.
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.
Jeff Bach of Elizabethtown College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies will deliver a plenary talk on Thursday afternoon introducing the unique history of southeastern Pennsylvania and its musical traditions.
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.
Referring to the "beautiful soul" (schone Seele), whose Pietist confessions form the sixth book of Goethe's Apprenticeship, and to her uncle, Schlegel provides a succinct presentation of this gendered dichotomy: