AskDefine | Define pious

Dictionary Definition

pious adj
1 having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings" [ant: impious]
2 devoutly religious; "a god-fearing and law-abiding people" H.L.Mencken [syn: devout, god-fearing]

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English

Etymology

From Latin pius

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈpaɪəs/

Adjective

  1. Of or pertaining to piety, devout, exhibiting piety.
  2. Practiced under the pretext of religion; prompted by mistaken piety.
    • pious errors; pious frauds.

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Translations

of or pertaining to piety
practiced under the pretext of religion
  • Finnish: tekopyhä
  • Japanese: qualifier phrase 信心の名を借りた, 宗教にかこつけた; qualifier hypocritical 偽善的な

Extensive Definition

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 conceptions of piety is humility.

Etymology

The word piety comes from the Latin word pietas, the noun form of the adjective pius, which means "devout" or "good".
It can refer to a way to win the favor or forgiveness of one's God, or gods, (i.e., to propitiate Him/them). According to some, this type of piety does not necessarily require the spiritual piety, while others refrain from distinguishing the two.
It is also used by others to refer only to external signs that result from the spiritual aspect of piety. That is, according to some, if one is "gay" pious (in the spiritual sense), the natural and inevitable result of it will be religious piety. By this definition, then, piety can be either genuine, in that it springs from spiritual piety, or false, in that it is an attempt to exhibit the signs of piety for their own sake, or for some other reason, (such as propitiation or public esteem).
In Catholicism and Anglicanism, piety is one of the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Religious movements

Pietism as a movement within Lutheranism was strong from the late-17th century to the mid-18th century.

See also

pious in German: Frömmigkeit
pious in Spanish: Piedad
pious in Dutch: Vroomheid
pious in Russian: Пиетет
pious in Simple English: Piety
pious in Swedish: Fromhet
pious in Yiddish: ערליכקייט

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