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[im-pee-uh s, im-pahy-] /ˈɪm pi əs, ɪmˈpaɪ-/
not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God, religious practices, etc.; irreligious; ungodly.
Origin of impious
1565-75; < Latin impius. See im-2, pious
Related forms
impiously, adverb
impiousness, noun
1. sacrilegious, blasphemous, irreverent. Unabridged
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  • Such criticism might be sacrosanct on the business or op-ed page, but on a sports page, it is impious.
  • Traitors have raised the impious arm of rebellion against this sacred standard.
  • The movie is often hilarious, but beneath its impious surface there's more than a hint of something bleak.
  • Many of these efforts possess a decidedly impious and trivializing tone.
  • O impious endeavor this to misinterpret the divine judgments or misread the divine dealings.
British Dictionary definitions for impious


lacking piety or reverence for a god; ungodly
lacking respect; undutiful
Derived Forms
impiously, adverb
impiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impious

1590s, from Latin impius "without reverence, irreverent, wicked; undutiful, unpatriotic," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pius (see pious). Related: Impiously; impiousness.

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