Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking reverence; not pious.
  • adj. Lacking due respect or dutifulness: impious toward one's parents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not pious
  • adj. lacking reverence or respect, especially towards a god

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not pious; lacking piety or reverence for God; irreligious; profane; wicked.
  • Characterized by want of piety; of an irreverent or wicked character: as, an impious deed; impious writings.
  • Synonyms Unrighteous, Profane, etc. See irreligious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking piety or reverence for a god
  • adj. lacking due respect or dutifulness

Etymologies

From Latin impius : in-, not; see in-1 + pius, dutiful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin impius. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are a hundred religions on earth which all condemn us if we believe your dogmas, which they call impious and absurd; why, therefore, not examine these dogmas?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Now kesil signifies in Hebrew "impious", adjectives expressive of the stupid criminality which belongs to the legendary character of giants; and the stars of Orion irresistibly suggest a huge figure striding across the sky.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • Satan, in impious mimicry of God's heavenly throne, sets up his earthly throne (Re 4: 2).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • About the year 1830 there appeared, in one of the States of the American Union bordering on Kentucky, an impostor who declared that he was the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, and that he had reappeared on earth to recall the impious, the unbelieving, and sinners to their duty.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • Everywhere else St. Jerome teaches that the punishment of the devils and of the impious, that is of those who have not come to the Faith, shall be eternal.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Indeed, as a rule, the blessing of the impious is a curse, wherefore Rebekah remained barren for years.

    The Legends of the Jews — Volume 1

  • Such piety, is the salvation of families and states, just as the impious, which is unpleasing to the gods, is their ruin and destruction.

    EUTHYPHRO

  • American Union bordering on Kentucky, an impostor who declared that he was the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, and that he had reappeared on earth to recall the impious, the unbelieving, and sinners to their duty.

    The Golden Bough

  • Such piety is the salvation of families and states, just as the impious, which is unpleasing to the gods, is their ruin and destruction.

    Euthyphro

  • Oh, that I could recall my impious labour, or suddenly extinguish the spark which I have so presumptuously bestowed.

    Act II

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