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)).

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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