im·​pi·​e·​ty | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpī-ə-tē How to pronounce impiety (audio) \
plural impieties

Definition of impiety

1 : the quality or state of being impious : irreverence
2 : an impious act

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Examples of impiety in a Sentence

the unspeakable impiety of spitting in a church
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 21 Aug. 2020 Cowed by the accusation of impiety, the House of Saud, already long-dependent on religious conservatives for moral authority in the country, gave them a freer hand. Karl Vick, Time, 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of impiety

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impiety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impiety

: lack of respect for God : the quality or state of being impious

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