piety

[pahy-i-tee]
noun, plural pieties.
1.
reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations: a prayer full of piety.
2.
the quality or state of being pious: saintly piety.
3.
dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial piety.
4.
a pious act, remark, belief, or the like: the pieties and sacrifices of an austere life.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English piete < Middle French < Latin pietās, equivalent to pi(us) + -etās, variant (after i) of -itās; see pious, -ity

superpiety, noun, plural superpieties.
unpiety, noun, plural unpieties.


1. respect, veneration, awe. 2. godliness, devotion, devoutness, sanctity, holiness.


irreverence.
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piety (ˈpaɪɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles
2.  the quality or characteristic of being pious
3.  a pious action, saying, etc
4.  rare devotion and obedience to parents or superiors
 
[C13 piete, from Old French, from Latin pietās piety, dutifulness, from piuspious]

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piety
1195, from O.Fr. piete (12c.), from L. pietatem (nom. pietas) "dutiful conduct, kindness, piety," from pius "kind" (see pious). Pietism (1697), is from Ger. 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).
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Piety definition


Lat. pietas, properly honour and respect toward parents (1 Tim. 5:4). In Acts 17:23 the Greek verb is rendered "ye worship," as applicable to God.

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Example sentences
In her infancy she discovered no marks of levity, and all her inclinations were
  turned to piety and devotion.
When Maggie discovers she has healing powers, she becomes a celebrity, but she
  never loses her sincere piety and her virtue.
And then there is the indisputable connection between piety and philanthropy.
Clearly a labor of love, and perhaps of filial piety as well, the volume is
  exhaustive —an upward climb for the reader.
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