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 (ĭm-pī′əs, ĭm′pē-)
1. Lacking reverence; not pious.
2. Lacking due respect or dutifulness: impious toward one's parents.

[From Latin impius : in-, not; see in-1 + pius, dutiful.]

im′pi·ous·ly adv.
im′pi·ous·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impiousness - 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
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(5) Contrast this to a younger Hawthorne's perspective on ambition in The Spectator: "The impiousness of [Satan's] design of making himself master of the Heavens, is forgotten by the reader, in contemplation of the daring ambition which impelled him to such a project, and pity for his sufferings takes the place of hatred for his crimes" (23:51-52).
"In this painting," wrote a church secretary, referring to the painting "Death of the Virgin, "there are but vulgarity, sacrilege, impiousness and disgust...One would say it is a work made by a painter who can paint well, but is of a dark spirit." Although Caravaggio was obliged to change aspects of his work, he evidently did so reluctantly and with delay.
Specifically, the contradiction in terms implied by the Koran surrounding drinking--one code of conduct for this life, another for the afterlife--accounts for the fact that while the speaker of the Rubaiyat is conscious of the impiousness of drinking, admitting that "Wine has play'd the Infidel" (1st ed., LXXI), drinking also appears, on occasion, to have divine justification: So when at last the Angel of the drink Of Darkness finds you by the river-brink, And, proffering his Cup, invites your Soul Forth to your Lips to quaff it--do not shrink.