Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Pietists.
- [lowercase] Characterized by strong religious feeling as distinguished from mere intellectual orthodoxy, or doctrinalism.
- adj. Pertaining to pietism, especially that associated with Luther and his followers; excessively pious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Pietists; hence, in contempt, affectedly or demonstratively religious.
- adj. excessively or hypocritically pious
- adj. of or relating to Pietism
- From pietist + -ic, probably after German pietistisch. (Wiktionary)
“Such sentiments were labeled "pietistic" by Sexton's close friend, poet Maxine Kumin, also a Pulitzer winner.”
“We have spoken of Angelico's art as "pietistic"; this is in fact its predominant character.”
“Partisanship was based on historic and ethnic loyalties, and saw the moralistic ( "pietistic") evangelical Republicans (who favored prohibition and reform) pitted against the liturgical Democrats (who strongly opposed prohibition).”
“The confessional Reformed identity you promote has similarities of course to confessional Lutheranism, eg in its dislike for 'pietistic' religion and its concern for the importance of the sacraments.”
“(And "pietistic" attitudes, often included deist and atheist.)”
“But many pietistic religious leaders in the antebellum North were strong voices for social justice.”
“Vast outpourings of pietistic writings molder on the shelves of secondhand booksellers, which themselves are closing down daily.”
“Sometimes voting with your feet includes applying a foot to the fundament of a pietistic lawbreaker.”
“It was a key component of the Progressive Movement, and was strongest in the South and rural North, drawing heavy support from pietistic Protestant ministers and their congregations, especially Methodists, Baptists, Disciples and Congregationalists.”
“This naturally makes it harder to educate young Muslims in traditional, mainstream, pietistic Islam, which is as compatible with David Cameron's brand of liberalism as the Church of England.”
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