Definition of impious
: not pious : lacking in reverence or proper respect (as for God or one's parents) : irreverent
Examples of impious in a Sentence
He was fearful of seeming impious.
an impious act that horrified their pious mother
Recent Examples of impious from the Web
It is dominated by a single voice: Ms. Nixon’s, reciting stanzas instead of voice-over narration and cracking impish, sometimes impious jokes with the marvelous Ms. Ehle.
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Origin and Etymology of impious
Latin impius, from in- + pius pious
First Known Use: 1542See Words from the same year
IMPIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impious for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing a lack of respect for God : not pious
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