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Related to godliness: Cleanliness is next to Godliness


adj. god·li·er, god·li·est
1. Having great reverence for God; pious.
2. Divine.

god′li·ness n.
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Noun1.godliness - piety by virtue of being a godly person
piety, piousness - righteousness by virtue of being pious
ungodliness, godlessness - impiety by virtue of not being a godly person
وَرَع، تَقْوى
guîhræîsla, trúrækni


[ˈgɒdlɪnɪs] Npiedad f
see also cleanliness


nFrömmigkeit f, → Gottesfürchtigkeit f


(god) noun
1. (with capital) the creator and ruler of the world (in the Christian, Jewish etc religions).
2. (feminine ˈgoddess) a supernatural being who is worshipped. the gods of Greece and Rome.
ˈgodly adjective
religious. a godly man/life.
ˈgodliness noun
ˈgodchild, ˈgoddaughter, ˈgodson nouns
a child who has a godparent or godparents.
ˈgodfather, ˈgodmother, ˈgodparent nouns
a person who, at a child's baptism, promises to take an active interest in its welfare.
ˈgodsend noun
a very welcome piece of unexpected good luck. Your cheque was an absolute godsend.
References in classic literature ?
For as the Apostle saith of godliness, Having a show of godliness, but denying the power thereof; so certainly there are, in point of wisdom and sufficiently, that do nothing or little very solemnly: magno conatu nugas.
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and some people do the same by their religion.
Although a Moor, I know well enough from the intercourse I have had with Christians that holiness consists in charity, humility, faith, obedience, and poverty; but for all that, I say he must have a great deal of godliness who can find any satisfaction in being poor; unless, indeed, it be the kind of poverty one of their greatest saints refers to, saying, 'possess all things as though ye possessed them not;' which is what they call poverty in spirit.
Moving through the sunlit garden at the side of the great Warlord, the scintillant rays of his countless gems enveloping him as in an aureole of light imparted to his noble figure a suggestion of godliness.
There's that old saying that 'cleanliness is next to godliness,' and learning to clean up after one's self is a virtue not many possess.
Gentility means combining the attributes of godliness with whatever you are doing.
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8).
Even though we don't feel the Godliness or the miracle in it all, it is there.
If cleanliness, they say, is next to godliness, then what filth and dirt is?
It is easy to look at the utter devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Harvey and feel sadness and hopelessness, but Hurricane Harvey has also revealed beautiful moments of goodness and godliness that no storm can ever destroy.
Annie is quickly brought into the fold of the Sisters of the Sick Poor and given a job in the convent's laundry under the tutelage of Sister Illuminata, who sees godliness in every clean sheet she washes, every black tunic she irons.