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[pahy-i-tee] /ˈpaɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural pieties.
reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations:
a prayer full of piety.
the quality or state of being pious:
saintly piety.
dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.:
filial piety.
a pious act, remark, belief, or the like:
the pieties and sacrifices of an austere life.
Origin of piety
1275-1325; Middle English piete < Middle French < Latin pietās, equivalent to pi(us) + -etās, variant (after i) of -itās; see pious, -ity
Related forms
superpiety, noun, plural superpieties.
unpiety, noun, plural unpieties.
1. respect, veneration, awe. 2. godliness, devotion, devoutness, sanctity, holiness.
irreverence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for piety
  • 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.
  • Using another piece of biblical wisdom, "piety with contentment is great gain".
  • It evokes their deepest piety and indignation.
  • Napoli has made an odd trade of her own, swapping the boundlessness of archetypal fantasy for a touch of piety.
  • Brother Jerome, who tended the pigs and hens, was known for his simplicity as well as his piety.
  • He has also left several ascetic works, full of piety and devotion.
  • Corporeal desire clashes with evangelical piety, tragedy ensues — just not in that order.
British Dictionary definitions for piety


noun (pl) -ties
dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles
the quality or characteristic of being pious
a pious action, saying, etc
(rare) devotion and obedience to parents or superiors
Word Origin
C13 piete, from Old French, from Latin pietās piety, dutifulness, from piuspious
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Word Origin and History for piety

early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), "mercy, tenderness, pity," from Old French piete "piety, faith; pity, compassion" (12c.), from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas) "dutiful conduct, sense of duty; religiousness, piety; loyalty, patriotism; faithfulness to natural ties," in Late Latin "gentleness, kindness, pity;" from pius "kind" (see pious). Meaning "piousness" attested in English from c.1600. Also see pity (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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piety in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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