adjective Etymology: Latin impius, from in- + pius pious Date: 1542 not pious ; lacking in reverence or proper respect (as for God or one's parents) ; irreverentimpiously adverb

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impious — impious, profane, blasphemous, sacrilegious mean showing marked irreverence for what is sacred or divine. Impious usually implies extreme disrespect for God or the laws of God or for those endowed with God given authority particularly as shown… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impious — I adjective amoral, blasphemous, desecrative, diabolic, heretical, immoral, iniquitous, irreligious, irreverent, nefarious, offensive, peccant, perverted, profane, recusant, reprobate, sacrilegious, satanic, sinful, sinister, undevout, undutiful …   Law dictionary

  • Impious — Logo der Band …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • impious — (adj.) 1590s, from L. impius without reverence, irreverent, wicked; undutiful, unpatriotic, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + pius (see PIOUS (Cf. pious)). Related: Impiously; impiousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • impious — [adj] not religious agnostic, apostate, atheistic, blasphemous, canting, contrary, deceitful, defiling, desecrating, desecrative, diabolic, disobedient, disrespectful, godless, hardened, hypocritical, iconoclastic, immoral, iniquitous,… …   New thesaurus

  • impious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not showing respect or reverence. DERIVATIVES impiously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • impious — [im′pē əs] adj. [L impius] not pious; specif., a) lacking reverence for God b) lacking respect or dutifulness, as toward a parent impiously adv. impiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • Impious — Infobox musical artist Name = Impious Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Birth name = Alias = Born = Died = Origin = Sweden Instrument = Voice type = Genre = Death metal Thrash metal Occupation = Years active = 1994… …   Wikipedia

  • impious — im|pi|ous [ˈımpiəs] adj formal lacking respect for religion or God →↑impiety ▪ an impious crime >impiously adv >impiousness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impious — [[t]ɪ̱mpiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as impious, you mean that they show a lack of respect for religious things. [FORMAL] Syn: irreverent …   English dictionary

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