from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an often immoderate reverence for forebears or tradition.
The date, it turns out, falls within a period when Jewish scholarship about the history of Jews in the United States was moving away from predominantly filiopietistic studies of ancestry and achievement and toward a more sophisticated assessment of the role of Jews in American culture.
Attention to such matters has led to both sloppy filiopietistic triumphalism and much uninformed finger-pointing.
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