Piety

  • 1 Piety — 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. {Pity}.] 1. Veneration or reverence of the Supreme Being, and love of his character; loving obedience to the will of God, and earnest… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 piety — (n.) late 12c., from O.Fr. piete (12c.), from L. pietatem (nom. pietas) dutiful conduct, kindness, piety, from pius kind (see PIOUS (Cf. pious)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 piety — devotion, *fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty Analogous words: obedience, docility (see corresponding adjectives at OBEDIENT): fervor, ardor, zeal, enthusiasm, *passion: *holiness, sanctity Antonyms: impiety …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 piety — [n] devotion, religiousness allegiance, application, ardor, belief, devoutness, docility, dutifulness, duty, faith, fealty, fervor, fidelity, godliness, grace, holiness, loyalty, obedience, passion, religion, religiosity, reverence, sanctity,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 piety — ► NOUN (pl. pieties) 1) the quality of being pious or reverent. 2) a conventional belief accepted unthinkingly. ORIGIN Latin pietas, from pius dutiful …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 piety — [pī′ə tē] n. pl. pieties [OFr pieté < LL(Ec) pietas, duty to God < L, dutiful conduct, scrupulousness < pius: see PIOUS] 1. devotion to religious duties and practices 2. loyalty and devotion to parents, family, etc. 3. a pious act,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Piety — In spiritual terminology, piety is a virtue. While different people may understand its meaning differently, it is generally used to refer either to religious devotion or to spirituality, or often, a combination of both. A common element in most… …

    Wikipedia

  • 8 Piety — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Piety >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 piety piety religion theism faith Sgm: N 1 religiousness religiousness holiness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 saintship saintship Sgm: N 1 religionism …

    English dictionary for students

  • 9 piety — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Devoutness Nouns 1. piety, piousness, devoutness; religion, theism, faith, belief; religiousness, holiness, saintliness; reverence, worship, veneration, devotion; grace, unction, edification; sanctity,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 10 piety — /puy i tee/, n., pl. pieties. 1. reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations: a prayer full of piety. 2. the quality or state of being pious: saintly piety. 3. dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial… …

    Universalium

  • 11 piety — noun (plural pieties) Etymology: French pieté piety, pity, from Old French, from Latin pietat , pietas, from pius dutiful, pious Date: 1579 1. the quality or state of being pious: as a. fidelity to natural obligations (as to parents) b.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 piety — UK [ˈpaɪətɪ] / US noun Word forms piety : singular piety plural pieties 1) [uncountable] strong religious belief and behaviour 2) pieties [plural] statements that are morally right but not sincere …

    English dictionary

  • 13 piety — noun a) reverence and devotion to God Colleens piety led her to make sacrifices that most people would not have made. b) similar reverence to ones parents and family See Also: pious …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 piety — Synonyms and related words: Tartuffery, Tartuffism, affectation, affection, allegiance, ardor, cant, dedication, deference, devotedness, devotion, devoutness, docility, dutifulness, enthusiasm, faithfulness, false piety, falseness, fealty, fervor …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 piety — pi|e|ty [ˈpaıəti] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: piété, from Latin pietas, from pius; PIOUS] when you behave in a way that shows respect for your religion →↑pious ▪ an act of Christian piety …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 piety — [[t]pa͟ɪɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Piety is strong religious belief, or behaviour that is religious or morally correct …

    English dictionary

  • 17 Piety — Just as faith was an important medieval virtue of particular importance to knights, piety kept that faith strongly held …

    Medieval glossary

  • 18 piety — noun the piety of a saint Syn: devoutness, devotion, piousness, religion, holiness, godliness, saintliness; veneration, reverence, faith, religious duty, spirituality, religious zeal, fervor; pietism, religiosity …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 piety — pi•e•ty [[t]ˈpaɪ ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations 2) the quality or state of being pious 3) dutiful respect or regard for parents, homeland, etc.: filial piety[/ex] 4) a pious act, remark,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 Piety —    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 …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary