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. Piety was borrowed from French pieté "piety, pity," from Latin pietas, from pius "devoted, kind." This Latin adjective is the source of our English adjective pious.

Definitions of piety
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n righteousness by virtue of being pious

Synonyms:
piousness
Antonyms:
impiety, impiousness
unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
Types:
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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
adhering to moral principles

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