pietism

noun
pi·​e·​tism | \ ˈpī-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce pietism (audio) \

Definition of pietism

1 capitalized : a 17th century religious movement originating in Germany in reaction to formalism and intellectualism and stressing Bible study and personal religious experience
2a : emphasis on devotional experience and practices
b : affectation of devotion

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Other Words from pietism

pietist \ ˈpī-​ə-​tist How to pronounce pietism (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized

Examples of pietism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How the Woke Stole Christmas," 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, "‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World’ Review: The Prophet as Politician," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pietism

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pietism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pietism. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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