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Meaning of PIETY

Pronunciation:  'pIitee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  righteousness by virtue of being pious

PIETY is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: piousness
 Antonyms: impiety, impiousness
 See Also: devoutness, dutifulness, godliness, religiousness, righteousness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pi"e*ty\, n. [F. pi['e]t['e]; cf. It. piet[`a]; both fr.
L. pietas piety, fr. pius pious. See {Pious}, and cf.
1. Veneration or reverence of the Supreme Being, and love of
   his character; loving obedience to the will of God, and
   earnest devotion to his service.

         Piety is the only proper and adequate relief of
         decaying man.                         --Rambler.

2. Duty; dutifulness; filial reverence and devotion;
   affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents,
   relatives, benefactors, country, etc.

         Conferred upon me for the piety Which to my country
         I was judged to have shown.           --Milton.

Syn: Religion; sanctity; devotion; godliness; holiness. See

Easton Bible Dictionary

Lat. pietas, properly honour and respect toward parents (1 Tim. 5:4). In Acts 17:23 the Greek verb is rendered "ye worship," as applicable to God.

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