Impious Im"pi*ous, a. [L. impius; pref. im- not + pius piou. See {Pious}.] Not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being; as, an impious deed; impious language. [1913 Webster]

When vice prevails, and impious men bear away, The post of honor is a private station. --Addison.

Syn: {Impious}, {Irreligious}, {Profane}.

Usage: Irreligious is negative, impious and profane are positive. An indifferent man may be irreligious; a profane man is irreverent in speech and conduct; an impious man is wickedly and boldly defiant in the strongest sense. Profane also has the milder sense of secular. --C. J. Smith. -- {Im"pi*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Im"pi*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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