impiety

noun

im·​pi·​e·​ty (ˌ)im-ˈpī-ə-tē How to pronounce impiety (audio)
plural impieties
1
: the quality or state of being impious : irreverence
2
: an impious act

Example Sentences

the unspeakable impiety of spitting in a church
Recent Examples on the Web After being found guilty of impiety and the corruption of youth, Greek philosopher Socrates is ordered to drink a fatal dose of hemlock. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 29 Mar. 2022 After being found guilty of impiety and the corruption of youth, Greek philosopher Socrates is ordered to drink a fatal dose of hemlock. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 29 Mar. 2022 After being found guilty of impiety and the corruption of youth, Greek philosopher Socrates is ordered to drink a fatal dose of hemlock. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 29 Mar. 2022 After being found guilty of impiety and the corruption of youth, Greek philosopher Socrates is ordered to drink a fatal dose of hemlock. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 29 Mar. 2022 After being found guilty of impiety and the corruption of youth, Greek philosopher Socrates is ordered to drink a fatal dose of hemlock. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 29 Mar. 2022 She was known for making provocative statements in class, such as dismissing as a political stunt Socrates’ famous apology at his trial for impiety and corruption. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021 Both piety and impiety were interrogated, damn the cost. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Five years later, The Atlantic has the scoop on the impiety of Mr. Two Corinthians. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 30 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of impiety was in the 14th century

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“Impiety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impiety. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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impiety

noun

im·​pi·​ety
(ˈ)im-ˈpī-ət-ē
plural impieties
1
: the quality or state of being impious
2
: an impious act

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