1. [syn: piety, piousness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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.
Syn: Religion; sanctity; devotion; godliness; holiness. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: righteousness by virtue of being pious [syn: piety,
piousness] [ant: impiety, impiousness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "piety":
Tartuffery, Tartuffism, affectation, affection, allegiance, ardor,
cant, dedication, deference, devotedness, devotion, devoutness,
docility, dutifulness, enthusiasm, faithfulness, false piety,
falseness, fealty, fervor, godliness, goody-goodiness, grace,
holiness, hypocrisy, insincerity, loyalty, mealymouthedness,
mummery, obedience, observance, oiliness, passion, pharisaicalness,
pharisaism, pietism, pietisticalness, piousness, religionism,
religiosity, religiousness, respect, reverence, sanctimoniousness,
sanctimony, sanctity, self-righteousness, snivel, snuffle, unction,
unctuousness, veneration, zeal
Easton's 1897 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.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PIETY, n. Reverence for the Supreme Being, based upon His supposed
resemblance to man.
The pig is taught by sermons and epistles
To think the God of Swine has snout and bristles.