Definition of impious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpʌɪəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpɪəs/


1Showing a lack of respect for God or religion: the emperor’s impious attacks on the Church
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  • The lares, penates and relics of our sacred ancestors have been spared the impious axe of Jacobin tyranny.
  • And this infernal monster, Popery, is now rearing his impious head again in this long-favoured country, and will, I fear, soon repeat his diabolical cruelties upon the Church of God.
  • This aptly named impious herb is a useful image for his discussion of the impious disrespect of clerical hierarchy that he claims is concomitant with an improper relationship with God.
1.1(Of a person or act) wicked: impious villains
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  • Does that mean, then, that she and her supporters are impious and immoral?



Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɪʌəsli/
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • It's blasphemy to speak impiously against (to rail, to vilify, to revile) God, the Holy Spirit.
  • And so death is meted out to all those who rebel against Nature impiously, because they know the things that are.
  • But it's the more freewheeling entries that best suggest something else to treasure: how impiously most of these '60s-based writers conceived the craft of criticism.


Example sentences
  • We remember several scenes where Jesus challenges the impiousness of various priests.
  • Money has shown men how to practise villainy, and taught them impiousness in every action!
  • The impiousness of the fishwife's final ambition links her with Marlowe's Faustus as well as with Lady Macbeth.


Mid 16th century: from Latin impius (from in- 'not' + pius: see pious) + -ous.

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