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English Dictionary: impiousness by the DICT Development Group
2 results for impiousness
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
    Synonym(s): impiety, impiousness
    Antonym(s): piety, piousness
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
               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.
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