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From Proto-Italic *pwījotāts. Equivalent to pius (pious, devout) +‎ -tās (-ty, -dom).



pietās f (genitive pietātis); third declension

  1. dutiful conduct, sense of duty
  2. (to the gods) piety, conscientiousness, scrupulousness
  3. (to one's parents, children, relatives, country, benefactors, etc.) duty, dutifulness, affection, love, loyalty, patriotism, gratitude
  4. gentleness, kindness, tenderness, pity, compassion
    Synonyms: misericordia, eleēmosyna
    Antonyms: ferōcitās, crūdēlitās, feritās, sevēritās


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pietās pietātēs
Genitive pietātis pietātum
Dative pietātī pietātibus
Accusative pietātem pietātēs
Ablative pietāte pietātibus
Vocative pietās pietātēs

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  • English: piety, pity
  • Friulian: pietât
  • Italian: pietà


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  • pietas”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
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  • pietas in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • pietas”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pietas”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray