American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking reverence; not pious.
- adj. Lacking due respect or dutifulness: impious toward one's parents.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being
- adj. lacking piety or reverence for a god
- adj. lacking due respect or dutifulness
- From Latin impius. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin impius : in-, not; see in-1 + pius, dutiful. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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?”
“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.”
“Satan, in impious mimicry of God's heavenly throne, sets up his earthly throne (Re 4: 2).”
“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.”
“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.”
“Indeed, as a rule, the blessing of the impious is a curse, wherefore Rebekah remained barren for years.”
“Such piety, is the salvation of families and states, just as the impious, which is unpleasing to the gods, is their ruin and destruction.”
“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.”
“Such piety is the salvation of families and states, just as the impious, which is unpleasing to the gods, is their ruin and destruction.”
“Oh, that I could recall my impious labour, or suddenly extinguish the spark which I have so presumptuously bestowed.”
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