im·​pi·​ous | \ ˈim-pē-əs How to pronounce impious (audio) , (ˌ)im-ˈpī- How to pronounce impious (audio) \

Definition of impious

: not pious : lacking in reverence or proper respect (as for God or one's parents) : irreverent

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Other Words from impious

impiously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for impious


blasphemous, irreverent, profane, sacrilegious


pious, reverent

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Examples of impious in a Sentence

He was fearful of seeming impious. an impious act that horrified their pious mother

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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. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Quiet Passion’ Poetically Captures Emily Dickinson," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of impious

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impious

Latin impius, from in- + pius pious

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The first known use of impious was in 1542

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English Language Learners Definition of impious

formal : feeling or showing a lack of respect for God : not pious

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characterized by aphorism

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