pietism

noun pi·e·tism \ ˈpī-ə-ˌti-zəm \

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
2 a :emphasis on devotional experience and practices
b :affectation of devotion

pietist

play \ˈpī-ə-tist\ adjective or noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of pietism

1697


Learn More about pietism


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pietism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak evil of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!