pi·​e·​tism ˈpī-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce pietism (audio)
capitalized : a 17th century religious movement originating in Germany in reaction to formalism and intellectualism and stressing Bible study and personal religious experience
: emphasis on devotional experience and practices
: affectation of devotion
pietist adjective or noun often capitalized

Examples of pietism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans who had sympathized with the Trump administration’s early efforts to play down Covid-19 went back to pooh-poohing it, Democrats returned to their peculiar form of technocratic pietism. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 Feb. 2022 The Black Lives Matter hysteria induced an outpouring of self-lacerating racial-justice pietism from a media and corporate elite only too eager to moralize about the innate sinfulness of Americans. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2020 Even Gandhi’s own pietism, for all his protestations of love and friendship, could set Muslim nerves on edge. Ferdinand Mount, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pietism was in 1697

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“Pietism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pietism. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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