from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being pious, especially:
  • n. Religious devotion and reverence to God.
  • n. Devotion and reverence to parents and family: filial piety.
  • n. A devout act, thought, or statement.
  • n. A position held conventionally or hypocritically.
  • n. A statement of such a position: "the liberated pieties of people who believe that social attitudes have kept pace with women's aspirations” ( Erica Abeel).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. reverence and devotion to God
  • n. similar reverence to one's parents and family
  • n. a devout act or thought

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Veneration or reverence of the Supreme Being, and love of his character; loving obedience to the will of God, and earnest devotion to his service.
  • n. Duty; dutifulness; filial reverence and devotion; affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents, relatives, benefactors, country, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being pious or having filial affection; natural or filial affection; dutiful conduct or behavior toward one's parents, relatives, country, or benefactors.
  • n. Faith in and reverence for the Supreme Being; filial obedience inspired by these sentiments; godliness.
  • n. Synonyms Devotion, Sanctity, etc. See religion.

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

  • n. righteousness by virtue of being pious


Middle English piete, mercy, pity, from Old French, from Latin pietās, dutiful conduct, from pius, dutiful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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