Definitions

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  • n. Quality of being impious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being impious; impiety.

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

  • n. unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god

Etymologies

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impious +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • Behold that [city] Babylon, haughty in the flower and pride of impiousness, and its inhabitants completely given over to sin of every description.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • On the morning of the day before Judy's departure Blanche, who, half-packed, was still trying to make up her mind, received a letter that, with no sense of impiousness, she considered providential.

    Secret Bread

  • His father would stand aghast at his impiousness; his mother, class conscious as few of the under dogs are ever class conscious, would refuse to receive this girl as her daughter. ...

    Youth Challenges

  • "We don't want no impiousness at this here shuckin ', Tim," observed William

    The Miller of Old Church

  • His prophetic spirit foretold to him that the impiousness of the sons he would beget would make their death to be preferable to their life.

    The Legends of the Jews — Volume 4

  • "We don't want no impiousness at this here shuckin ', Tim," observed

    The Miller Of Old Church

  • Many a time I have stood on the broken end, where the discouraged labourers had left their very shovels and picks and trucks and had apparently fled in dismay, as if convicted of the impiousness of trying to fill the Bottomless Pit.

    A Labrador Doctor The Autobiography of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • Furthermore, so long as human greatness is not a pronounced feature in their religious beliefs, one may rightfully conclude that their crude religious agencies, rioting in impiousness and revelling in infamy, can never function that moral and spiritual potency required to regenerate the negro race.

    The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion

  • When informed that the Ingilis never prostrate themselves toward Mecca and say "Allah-il-allah!" they evince the greatest astonishment; and then the strange, unnatural impiousness of people who never address themselves to Allah nor prostrate toward the Holy City, impresses their simple minds with something akin to the feeling entertained among certain of ourselves toward extra dare-devil characters, and they seem to take a deeper and kindlier interest in me than ever.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama

  • "Return a victor!" shout the hosts, and Aïda, carried away by her love, joins in the cry; but, left alone, she reproaches herself for impiousness in uttering words which imply a wish for the destruction of her country, her father, and her kinsmen.

    A Book of Operas Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music

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