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Pietism

[pahy-i-tiz-uh m] /ˈpaɪ ɪˌtɪz əm/
noun
1.
a movement, originating in the Lutheran Church in Germany in the 17th century, that stressed personal piety over religious formality and orthodoxy.
2.
the principles and practices of the Pietists.
3.
(lowercase) intensity of religious devotion or feeling.
4.
(lowercase) exaggeration or affectation of piety.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < German Pietismus < Latin piet(ās) piety + German -ismus -ism
Related forms
Pietist, noun
pietistic, pietistical, adjective
pietistically, adverb
Synonyms
4. sanctimony.
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British Dictionary definitions for pietistic

pietism

/ˈpaɪɪˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
a less common word for piety
2.
excessive, exaggerated, or affected piety or saintliness
Derived Forms
pietist, noun
pietistic, pietistical, adjective

Pietism

/ˈpaɪɪˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
(history) a reform movement in the German Lutheran Churches during the 17th and 18th centuries that strove to renew the devotional ideal
Derived Forms
Pietist, noun
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Word Origin and History for pietistic
adj.

1804, from pietist + -ic. Related: Pietistical.

pietism

n.

also Pietism, 1690s, from German Pietismus, originally applied in derision to the movement to revive personal piety in the Lutheran Church, begun in Frankfurt c.1670 by Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705). See piety + -ism.

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