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Definitions for impious
ˈɪm pi əs, ɪmˈpaɪ-im·pi·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impiousadjective

    lacking piety or reverence for a god

  2. impious, undutifuladjective

    lacking due respect or dutifulness

    "impious toward one's parents"; "an undutiful son"


  1. impiousadjective

    not pious

  2. impiousadjective

    lacking reverence or respect, especially towards a god

  3. Etymology: From impius.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMPIOUSadjective

    Irreligious; wicked; profane; without reverence of religion.

    Etymology: impius, Latin.

    That Scripture standeth not the church of God in any stead to direct, but may be let pass as needless to be consulted with, we judge it profane, impious, and irreligious to think. Richard Hooker.

    Cease then this impious rage. John Milton.

    Ye gods, destroy that impious sex. Edmund Waller.

    Then lewd Auchemolus he laid in dust,
    Who stain'd his stepdame's bed with impious lust. Dryden.

    When no female arts his mind could move,
    She turn'd to furious hate her impious love. Dryden.

    And impious nations fear'd eternal night. Dryden.

    Shame and reproach is generally the portion of the impious and irreligious. South.

    When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
    The post of honour is a private station. Addison.

    Since after thee may rise an impious line,
    Coarse manglers of the human face divine:
    Paint on, 'till fate dissolve thy mortal part,
    And live and die the monarch of thy art. Thomas Tickell.

    They, impious, dar'd to prey
    On herds devoted to the god of day. Alexander Pope.

    Grand mistakes in religion proceed from taking literally what was meant figuratively, from which several impious absurdities followed, terminating in absolute infidelity. Duncan Forbes.


  1. Impious

    Impious is a Swedish thrash/death metal band.


  1. impious

    Impious refers to someone or something showing a lack of respect or reverence, particularly towards a god or religion. It symbolizes irreverence, sacrilege, or a blasphemous behavior against religious or sacred things.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impiousadjective

    not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being; as, an impious deed; impious language


  1. Impious

    Impious is a Swedish thrash/death metal band.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impious

    im′pi-us, adj. irreverent; wanting in veneration for God: profane.—adv. Im′piously.ns. Im′piousness, Impī′ety.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impious in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of impious in a Sentence

  1. Saint Augustine:

    Hence, a devout Christian must avoid astrologers and all impious soothsayers, especially when they tell the truth, for fear of leading his soul into error by consorting with demons and entangling himself with the bonds of such association.

  2. Charlotte Brontë:

    Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

  3. Joseph Addison:

    Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.

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