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filial piety

(in Confucianism) the important virtue and primary duty of respect, obedience, and care for one's parents and elderly family members. Unabridged
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  • The root of all benevolent actions is filial piety and fraternal love.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • And so I take the opportunity of slipping it in here—just out of filial piety!

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • Susa-no-o's filial piety and Susa-no-o's cruelty were not easily to be reconciled.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Nevertheless her filial piety was at that moment a touching sight.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • It was claimed that by choosing such subjects he had infringed the laws of filial piety.

  • And what is the root of all goodness but filial piety and fraternal love?

  • If a woman be married, it is good that she should treat her parents-in-law with filial piety, and her husband with reverence.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • It was even said that in some countries the stork was the symbol for filial piety.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • Then the man understood and loved his child the more for her filial piety.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Or was it genuine nature; pure filial affection and filial piety?

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
Contemporary definitions for filial piety

in Confucian thought, one of the virtues to be cultivated, a love and respect for one's parents and ancestors's 21st Century Lexicon
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