Definitions

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  • adv. In an impious manner; profanely; wickedly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an impious manner; profanely; wickedly.

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

  • adv. in an impious manner

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Examples

  • Mr. Krauthammer rather turns Benjamin Franklin's logic on its head with his paraphrasing, quite "impiously" indeed, as many of the very policies Mr. Krauthammer advocates with such alacrity (an unbridled executive, use of torture, preemptive war) run directly contra Franklin's admonition to fight the preserve a constitutional Republic.

    The Belgravia Dispatch

  • But days later, the media spotlight swung impiously to Buckingham Palace as Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Pope Vies With Prince for Public Eye

  • Unless, of course, the Rev Muslims would argue that humor of any kind directed at Islam or Mohammad is by its very nature too legere, impiously distracting, short on gravitas, tending to corrupt.

    Defending South Park's Mohammad Episode

  • "It is impiously irritating the avenging hand of Heaven, when a people who are in the full enjoyment of freedom, launch out into the wide ocean of human affairs, and desert those maxims which alone can preserve liberty."

    Tancredo Confronted At Town Hall

  • He was condemned to share the fate of his fellow-officers upon that occasion, who were doomed to death rather by denunciations from the pulpit, than the sentence either of civil or military tribunal; their blood being considered as a sort of sin-offering to take away the guilt of the land, and the fate imposed upon the Canaanites, under a special dispensation, being impiously and cruelly applied to them.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Next do I bewail thy sorrows, O mother hapless in thy children, thou who wilt slay thy babes because thou hast a rival, the babes thy husband hath deserted impiously to join him to another bride.

    Medea

  • Why, Theseus, to thy sorrow dost thou rejoice at these tidings, seeing that thou hast slain thy son most impiously, listening to a charge not clearly proved, but falsely sworn to by thy wife? though clearly has the curse therefrom upon thee fallen.

    Hippolytus

  • Shaddád bin Ad and the City of Iram the Columned; but it relates chiefly to the building by the King of the First Adites who, being promised a future Paradise by Prophet Húd, impiously said that he would lay out one in this world.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The like severity, no doubt, was used, if aught were impiously written against their esteemed gods.

    Areopagitica

  • God whose temple they have impiously fortified and now occupy will be our champion, and relying on the sacrifices, which are favourable to us, let us advance to meet them.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

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