Definition of pietas in English:
Respect due to an ancestor, country, institution, etc.
- From about 1500, however, the chief force in English humanism was the concept of pietas literata, or evangelical humanism, associated with Erasmus.
- But pietas, once a virtue, is now out of fashion.
- It was a simple act of pietas which reeks of nobility, but it might also have been a charm to ward off a similar fate.
Latin, literally 'dutifulness'.
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