impious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj impious lacking piety or reverence for a god
    • adj impious lacking due respect or dutifulness "impious toward one's parents","an undutiful son"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Impious Not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being; as, an impious deed; impious language. "When vice prevails, and impious men bear away,
      The post of honor is a private station."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impious Not pious; lacking piety or reverence for God; irreligious; profane; wicked.
    • impious Characterized by want of piety; of an irreverent or wicked character: as, an impious deed; impious writings.
    • impious Synonyms Unrighteous, Profane, etc. See irreligious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impious im′pi-us irreverent; wanting in veneration for God: profane
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impius,; pref. im-, not + pius, piou. See Pious

Usage

In literature:

But Cecco is perverse and impious.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Raised his right hand that dropped with impious blood.
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
Side by side with Osiris, lived the impious Set-Typhon, as Evil ever haunts the Good.
"The Builders" by Joseph Fort Newton
I am too well-bred to be converted to any of his impious ideas.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
The best Christian in the mission had lately broken into the mission house and stolen everything valuable he could lay his impious hands on.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
Fond impious man, think'st thou yon sanguine cloud, Raised by thy breath, has quenched the orb of day?
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
Thus will you be esteemed a pious, and not an impious, king.
"Ullr Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper
Thus will you be esteemed a pious, and not an impious, king.
"Uller Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
Could'st thou, impious Valadeva, midst these potentates of fame, On Yudhishthir pious-hearted cast this undeserved blame?
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
But it is impious to strive against the authority of the senate.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
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In poetry:

My God, what inward grief I feel
When impious men transgress thy will!
I mourn to hear their lips profane
Take thy tremendous name in vain.
"Psalm 139 part 3" by Isaac Watts
If you desire a length of days,
And peace to crown your mortal state,
Restrain your feet from impious ways,
Your lips from slander and deceit.
"Psalm XXXIV: Lord, I Will Bless Thee" by Isaac Watts
He knows their impious thoughts are vain,
And they shall feel his power;
His wrath shall pierce their souls with pain
In some surprising hour.
"Psalm 94 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"Suppress, suppress thy grief, my child,
Or fear to call dread vengeance down:
Wouldst thou not tremble, impious girl!
Before thy God's avenging frown?"
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
But Clotilde's eyes saw nothing new
In all the garden, no single hue
So lovely or so marvellous
That its use would not seem impious.
So on she walked,
And the others talked.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
"Why am I ravish'd from my native strand?
What savage race protects this impious gain?
Shall foreign plagues infest this teeming land,
And more than seaborn monsters plough the main?
"Elegy XX. He Compares His Humble Fortune With the Distress of Others" by William Shenstone

In news:

The President and his bumbling HHS bureaucrats take on the impious Galileans.
F ans of Weeds were bummed when Showtime announced that Romany Malco would not be returning as Mary-Louise Parker's impious business partner and finally requited squeeze.
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