noun (plural pieties)[mass noun]
- 1The quality of being religious or reverent: acts of piety and charityMore 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] A belief which is accepted with unthinking conventional reverence: the accepted pieties of our timeMore example sentences
- 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.
early 16th century (in the sense 'devotion to religious observances'): from Old French piete, from Latin pietas 'dutifulness', from pius (see pious).