impiety

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impiety unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impiety An impious act; an act of wickedness. "Those impieties for the which they are now visited."
    • Impiety The quality of being impious; lack of piety; irreverence toward the Supreme Being; ungodliness; wickedness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impiety The condition or quality of being impious or devoid of piety; irreverence toward the Supreme Being; ungodliness; wickedness.
    • n impiety An impious act; an act of wickedness or irreligion.
    • n impiety Violation of natural duty or obligation toward others; want of reverence or respect, in general; undutifulness, as toward parents: as, filial impiety.
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impietas, fr. impius, impious; cf. F. impiété,. See Impious Piety

Usage

In literature:

Flatter, Mr. Impiety, Mr. False-Peace, Mr. Covetousness, who are housed by one Mr.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Then I swore to atone for my impiety by an humble pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
He at last becomes the avenger of his own impiety, by devouring his own limbs.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Without this, you will be continually shocked by indecency, and pained by impiety.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
Further resistance would have been a flagrant impiety.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Having taught in the Lyceum for thirteen years with great reputation, Aristotle was accused of impiety by Eurimedon, priest of Ceres.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
True it is that the Monster is a visitation to punish the impiety of certain members of thy family.
"The Dragon of Wantley" by Owen Wister
For whenever piety decays, O son of Bharata, and impiety is in the ascendant, then I produce myself.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The impiety and the vices of the hero horrified the family and scandalized the island.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
To give them Christian, decent burial would be treason to man, sacrilege to the Church, and impiety to God!
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
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In poetry:

Within the breath of autumn woods,
Within the winter silences:
Thy venomous spirit stirs and broods,
O Master of impieties!
"The Dark Angel" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
Without impiety, I should be mortally weary
If I went there alone, without my wife;
An ugly crowding of inferior females,
What should I do with the houris?
"Paradise" by Edward Powys Mathers
"To passengers you practis'd foul grimace;
Shew'd many a face, but not your own true face.
Who can such vile impiety rehearse?
You turn the solemn penance into farce."
"The Way Of Doing Penance" by William Hutton
But we may yet much greater ills declare
for much impiety infects its air
The blessed Gospell courtiers can believe
A sett of fables minted to deceive
That canopys of state where monarchs reign
Are Heav'ns on earth & Heav'n a Fairy scene
"Satyr XI. The Court" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

The charges against Socrates were impiety to the gods and the corruption of the youth, and the 70-year-old chatterbox had lost his case.
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