Piety Pi"e*ty, n. [F. pi['e]t['e]; cf. It. piet[`a]; both fr. L. pietas piety, fr. pius pious. See {Pious}, and cf. {Pity}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Piety is the only proper and adequate relief of decaying man. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

2. Duty; dutifulness; filial reverence and devotion; affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents, relatives, benefactors, country, etc. [1913 Webster]

Conferred upon me for the piety Which to my country I was judged to have shown. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Religion; sanctity; devotion; godliness; holiness. See {Religion}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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