impiety

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From Old French impieté, from Latin impietas, from in- (not) + pietas (piety), from pius (pious, devout) + -tās (-ty, -dom).

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impiety (usually uncountable, plural impieties)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being impious.
  2. (countable) An impious act.
    • 1661, Joseph Glanvill, chapter XIX, in The Vanity of Dogmatizing: Or Confidence in Opinions. [], London: [] E. C. for Henry Eversden [], OCLC 801399482; reprinted in The Vanity of Dogmatizing [] (Series III: Philosophy; 6), New York, N.Y.: For the Facsimile Text Society by Columbia University Press, 1931, OCLC 603189094, page 184:
      [I]f the world and motion were not from Eternity, then God was Idle; were all the Aſſertions of Ariſtotle, which Theology pronounceth impieties. Which yet we need not ſtrange at from one, of whom a Father ſaith, Nec Deum coluit nec curavit [he neither worshipped nor cared for God]: []
  3. (uncountable) The lack of respect for a god or something sacred.

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