pi·​e·​tis·​tic | \ ˌpī-ə-ˈti-stik How to pronounce pietistic (audio) \

Definition of pietistic

1 : of or relating to Pietism
2a : of or relating to religious devotion or devout persons
b : marked by overly sentimental or emotional devotion to religion : religiose

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pietistically \ ˌpī-​ə-​ˈti-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pietistically (audio) \ adverb

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Fonny grew up there, too, with his alcoholic father (Michael Beach), unforgivingly pietistic mother (Aunjanue Ellis), and judgmental sisters (Ebony Obsidian and Dominique Thorne). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk adapts James Baldwin’s novel into a haunting, gorgeous film," 18 Sep. 2018 My personal Sharia tells me how to pray, how to fast, how to follow my personal pietistic laws, but then there is Sharia that gets involved in criminal law, that gets involved in prohibiting siege. Fox News, "Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on terror threats facing the United States," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of pietistic

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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