from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Stress on the emotional and personal aspects of religion.
- n. Affected or exaggerated piety.
- n. A reform movement in the German Lutheran Church during the 17th and 18th centuries, which strove to renew the devotional ideal in the Protestant religion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A movement in the Lutheran church in the 17th and 18th centuries, calling for a return to practical and devout Christianity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The principle or practice of the Pietists.
- n. Strict devotion; also, affectation of devotion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The movement inaugurated by the Pietists, who, from the latter part of the seventeenth century onward, sought to revive the declining piety of the Lutheran churches in Germany; the principles and practices of the Pietists.
- n. [lowercase] Devotion or godliness of life, as distinguished from mere intellectual orthodoxy: sometimes used opprobriously for mere affectation of piety.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 17th and 18th-century German movement in the Lutheran Church stressing personal piety and devotion
- n. exaggerated or affected piety and religious zeal
German Pietismus, from Latin pietās, piety; see piety.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From piety + -ism. (Wiktionary)