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pi·e·ty

 (pī′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. pi·e·ties
1. The state or quality of being pious, especially:
a. Religious devotion and reverence.
b. Devotion and reverence to parents and family: filial piety.
2. A devout act, thought, or statement.
3.
a. A position held conventionally or hypocritically.
b. A statement of such a position: "the liberated pieties of people who believe that social attitudes have kept pace with women's aspirations" (Erica Abeel).

[Middle English piete, mercy, pity, from Old French, from Latin pietās, dutiful conduct, from pius, dutiful.]

piety

(ˈpaɪɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles
2. the quality or characteristic of being pious
3. a pious action, saying, etc
4. rare devotion and obedience to parents or superiors
[C13 piete, from Old French, from Latin pietās piety, dutifulness, from pius pious]

pi•e•ty

(ˈpaɪ ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations.
2. the quality or state of being pious.
3. dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial piety.
4. a pious act, remark, belief, or the like.
[1275–1325; Middle English piete < Middle French < Latin pietās=pi(us) + -etās, variant (after i) of -itās; see pious, -ity]
pity, piety - Pity and piety shared the meanings "compassion" and "dutifulness, reverence" for a while.
See also related terms for pity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piety - righteousness by virtue of being pious
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
devoutness, religiousness - piety by virtue of being devout
dutifulness - piety by virtue of devotion to duty
godliness - piety by virtue of being a godly person
impiety, impiousness - unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god

piety

noun holiness, duty, faith, religion, grace, devotion, reverence, sanctity, veneration, godliness, devoutness, dutifulness, piousness a woman later to be canonized for her piety

piety

noun
A state of often extreme religious ardour:
Translations
تَقْوى، وَرَع
zbožnost
fromhed
hurskauskunnioitustekopyhyys
áhitatájtatoskodásjámborságkegyességvallásosság
guîrækni
dindarlıksofuluk

piety

[ˈpaɪətɪ] Npiedad f, devoción f; (= affected piety) → beatería f

piety

[ˈpaɪɪti] npiété f

piety

n
Pietät f, → Frömmigkeit f; filial pietyRespekt mgegenüber den Eltern
pieties pl (pej)Frömmeleien pl (pej)

piety

[ˈpaɪətɪ] npietà, devozione f

pious

(ˈpaiəs) adjective
having or showing strong religious feelings, reverence for or devotion to God etc. a pious woman/attitude.
ˈpiously adverb
piety (ˈpaiəti) noun
References in classic literature ?
March safely at home, busy with his books and the small parish which found in him a minister by nature as by grace, a quiet, studious man, rich in the wisdom that is better than learning, the charity which calls all mankind `brother', the piety that blossoms into character, making it august and lovely.
Both Heyward and the more temperate Cora witnessed the act of involuntary emotion with powerful sympathy, the former secretly believing that piety had never worn a form so lovely as it had now assumed in the youthful person of Alice.
Sometimes the red infamy upon her breast would give a sympathetic throb, as she passed near a venerable minister or magistrate, the model of piety and justice, to whom that age of antique reverence looked up, as to a mortal man in fellowship with angels.
He looked at me with a sort of condescending concern and compassion, as though he thought it a great pity that such a sensible young man should be so hopelessly lost to evangelical pagan piety.
In fact, if not exactly a believer in the doctrine of the efficiency of the extra good works of saints, he really seemed somehow or other to fancy that his wife had piety and benevolence enough for two--to indulge a shadowy expectation of getting into heaven through her superabundance of qualities to which he made no particular pretension.
Mark's is monumental; it is an imperishable remembrancer of the profound and simply piety of the Middle Ages.
She made this sacrifice as a matter of religious etiquette; as a thing necessary just now, but by no means to be wrested into a precedent; no, a week or two would limber up her piety, then she would be rational again, and the next two dollars that got left out in the cold would find a comforter--and she could name the comforter.
angels sing Psalms;' says he, 'I wish to be a little angel here below;' he then gets two nuts in recompense for his infant piety.
Cruncher, who all this time had been putting on his clothes, "if I ain't, what with piety and one blowed thing and another, been choused this last week into as bad luck as ever a poor devil of a honest tradesman met with
It was written with a plain, unaffected, homely piety that I knew to be genuine, and ended with 'my duty to my ever darling' - meaning myself.
The real name of the friend was William Dane, and he, too, was regarded as a shining instance of youthful piety, though somewhat given to over-severity towards weaker brethren, and to be so dazzled by his own light as to hold himself wiser than his teachers.
The sobriety, self-devotion, and piety of our predecessors, made us powerful friends our presumption, our wealth, our luxury, have raised up against us mighty enemies.