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Meaning of IMPIOUS

Pronunciation:  'impeeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lacking piety or reverence for a god
  2. [adj]  lacking piety and reverence for a god
  3. [adj]  lacking due respect or dutifulness; "impious toward one's parents"; "an undutiful son"

IMPIOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: disrespectful, godless, irreverent, undutiful, ungodly
 Antonyms: pious
 See Also: irreligious, profane, wicked



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im"pi*ous\, a. [L. impius; pref. im- not + pius piou.
See {Pious}.]
Not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly;
profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being; as, an
impious deed; impious language.

      When vice prevails, and impious men bear away, The post
      of honor is a private station.           --Addison.

Syn: {Impious}, {Irreligious}, {Profane}.

Usage: Irreligious is negative, impious and profane are
       positive. An indifferent man may be irreligious; a
       profane man is irreverent in speech and conduct; an
       impious man is wickedly and boldly defiant in the
       strongest sense. Profane also has the milder sense of
       secular. --C. J. Smith. -- {Im"pi*ous*ly}, adv. --
       {Im"pi*ous*ness}, n.

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