filial piety

noun

Definition of filial piety

: reverence for parents considered in Chinese ethics the prime virtue and the basis of all right human relations

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History and Etymology for filial piety

translation of Chinese (Pekingese) hsiao 4

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“Filial piety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filial%20piety. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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