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piety

Syllabification: pi·e·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈpīədē
 
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Definition of piety in English:

noun (plural pieties)

1The quality of being religious or reverent: acts of piety and charity
More example sentences
  • An atmosphere of piety and religious fervour permeated the building, as the Catholics, many of whom had taken time off from work, gathered in front of a large photo of the Pope placed on the altar.
  • This was one act of religious piety that did not convey anger, but deepened communal solidarity.
  • Superstition more than prayer and piety characterized popular religiosity there.
1.1A belief or point of view that is accepted with unthinking conventional reverence: the accepted pieties of our time
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  • Coming of age just after the Second World War, he was too old to be a child of the 1960s, but too young to accept the pieties his parents might have taken for granted.
  • These may sound like the conventional pieties.
  • Jotted down, her words are broken, repetitive, a string of conventional pieties.

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'devotion to religious observances'): from Old French piete, from Latin pietas 'dutifulness', from pius (see pious).

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