Piety

[p_ˈaɪə_t_ɪ], [pˈa͡ɪ͡ətɪ], [pˈa‍ɪ‍ətɪ]

Definitions of piety:

  1.   Duty; dutifulness; filial reverence and devotion; affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents, relatives, benefactors, country, etc.
  2.   The quality of being pious; veneration of the Supreme Being; affectionate reverence of parents or friends.
  3.   Reverence for the Deity, parents, & c.; pious conduct or character.
  4.   A constant sense of dependence on the Supreme Being, attended with love and reverence of Him, and a disposition to know and obey His will; reverence of parents and obedience to them, with a constant effort to preserve their honour and promote their happiness- called also filial piety.
  5.   The quality of being pious: reverence for the Deity, parents, friends, or country: sense of duty: dutiful conduct.
  6.   righteousness by virtue of being pious
  7.   Love and service of God; religious devoutness and faithfulness.
  8.   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.
  9.   The quality of being very religious; reverence for and duty towards God; goodness.
  10.   Which see.

Antonyms for piety:

disloyalty, sinfulness, estrangement, ungodliness, treachery, Know-nothingism, faithlessness, sanctimony, tergiversation, irreligion, falseness, depravity, disbelief, heinousness, atheism, inconstancy, infidelity, disaffection, hypocrisy, sanctimoniousness, vileness, perfidiousness, unholiness, sacrilegiousness, unbelief, Depravedness, perfidy, unfaithfulness, irreverence, evilness, alienation, impiety, apostasy, blasphemy, separation, impiousness, monstrosity, profanity, lapse, falsity, Unfaith, godlessness, doubt, sacrilege, agnosticism, wickedness.


Quotes for piety:

  1. Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. – Aristotle
  2. Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice. – Abu Bakr
  3. We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important- just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety – Alain de Botton
  4. Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over -zealous piety – Edmund Burke
  5. Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety delight, or use. – John Denham
  6. Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents. – Alan Dundes
  7. In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect. – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  8. Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot. – Samuel Horsley
  9. This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God. – William Law
  10. There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage. – Moliere
  11. My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests. – George Santayana
  12. Oaths are the fossils of piety – George Santayana
  13. Keeping our eyes on journey's end is what we need- the place where we see at last the world that is greater than the world, the new creation that cannot be contained in present thought or social order or piety – Rowan D. Williams

Usage examples for piety:

  1. Her genuine piety was well known. ” – Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
  2. “ Elsie is certainly very different from any of the rest of us, and if it is piety that makes her what she is, I think piety is a very lovely thing." ” – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
  3. Perhaps it is not " piety so much as anxiety that accounts for this credulity. ” – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  4. That he might deserve so much good fortune, and under the inspiration of so many prosperous circumstances, he gave himself up to deep piety – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  5. The south- west district of England is particularly rich in these relics of ancient piety but many have been allowed to disappear. ” – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield
  6. The civilisation, the piety the charm of Irish life told as of old. ” – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  7. His piety made him widely revered. ” – A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees by Edwin Asa Dix
  8. Piety is gratitude to the Gods, and he only is really generous who does not forget the gratitude he owes to men." ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. The mass of the people have not the slightest notion of goodness, as we count piety and lying is not considered wrong. ” – Through Five Republics on Horseback by G. Whitfield Ray
  10. It shows how Burns could reverence the old national piety however little he may have been able to practise it. ” – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  11. My grandmother, a woman of eminent piety was anxious that I should be carried out at once to the church, in order that I might there receive the rite of baptism. ” – Queens of the French Stage by H. Noel Williams
  12. So true it is that nothing is so subject to delusion as piety all sorts of errors creep in and hide themselves under that veil; it gives a sanction to all the turns of imagination, and the honesty of the intention is not sufficient to guard against it. ” – The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete by Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
  13. His wife shared his piety – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac
  14. It is, then, a work of piety to seek behind the legend for the history. ” – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  15. After the crisis physical exhaustion disengaged the psychic elements of penitence, consideration and tender longing, which later became piety – Paul Verlaine by Stefan Zweig
  16. Several persons of piety who had been acquainted with me, wrote to me about those things which the gentleman spread about me. ” – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  17. “ No one came out of doors unless under pressure of business or piety – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  18. Master Dsong was King Dsi's most faithful pupil, renowned for his piety – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
  19. Your principles are not taught you for the sake of exercises of piety nor attendance at religious duties. ” – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh

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