piety

Piety is devotion to God or to religious practices. Nuns who pray all day long are famous for their piety. If you have filial piety it means you're devoted to your parents.

Piety is sometimes used in a disapproving way to mean that the person is only pretending to be devoted or good. It was borrowed from the French word pieté, meaning "piety or pity," ultimately from the Latin pius, "devoted, kind." This Latin adjective is also the source of our English adjective pious.

Definitions of piety
  1. noun
    righteousness by virtue of being pious
    synonyms: piousness
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    Antonyms:
    impiety, impiousness
    unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
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    devoutness, religiousness
    piety by virtue of being devout
    dutifulness
    piety by virtue of devotion to duty
    godliness
    piety by virtue of being a godly person
    pietism, religionism, religiosity, religiousism
    exaggerated or affected piety and religious zeal
    type of:
    righteousness
    the quality of adhering to moral principles
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