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 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, "A Brief History of Famous Poisonings, from Socrates to Russian Opposition Leader Aleksie Navalny," 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, "The Saudi Crown Prince Thinks He Can Transform the Middle East. Should We Believe Him?," 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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27 Aug 2020

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“Impiety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impiety

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

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