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impious

adjective

  1. (godless)  lacking piety or reverence for a god
    Similar to: godless. Described by: piety
  2. (disrespectful)  lacking due respect or dutifulness
    Synonyms: undutiful. Similar to: disrespectful

Etymology summary

Latin impius (from in- "not" + pius: see "pious") + "-ous"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

impious | ungodly [synonym, sense-specific] | undutiful [synonym, sense-specific] | impiously [adverb, derived]

lacking piety or reverence for a god; ungodly | lacking respect; undutiful (11 of 369 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/impious

Merriam-Webster:

impious | irreverent [synonym] | blasphemous [synonym] | profane [synonym] | sacrilegious [synonym] | impiously [adverb, related] | agnostic [similar] | atheistic [similar] | godless [similar] | ...

not pious; lacking in reverence or proper respect (as for God or one's parents); "irreverent" (15 of 112 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/impious

Oxford Dictionary:

impious | impiously [derived] | impiousness [derived]

showing a lack of respect for God or religion | (of a person or act) wicked (15 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/impious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

impious [formal]

showing a lack of respect for a god or religion (10 of 36 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/impious

American Heritage Dictionary:

impious | impiously [adverb, related] | impiousness [noun, related]

Lacking reverence; not pious. | Lacking due respect or dutifulness (9 of 33 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impious

New World Dictionary:

impious | impiously [adverb, related] | impiousness [noun, related]

not pious; specifically, | lacking reverence for God | lacking respect or dutifulness, as toward a parent (15 of 24 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impious

Random House Dictionary:

impious | disrespectful [synonym, sense-specific]

not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God, religious practices, etc.; irreligious; ungodly. | disrespectful (14 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/impious

Cambridge Dictionary:

impious | impiously [adverb, derived] | impiousness [noun, derived]

showing no respect, especially for God or religion (8 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/impious

Wiktionary:

impious

not pious | lacking reverence or respect, especially towards a god (10 of 14 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impious

Encarta Dictionary:

impious | impiously [adverb, derived] | impiousness [noun, derived]

not showing due reverence for God or something holy | showing a lack of respect for somebody or something (formal) (19 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620406​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

impious

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin impius (from in- "not" + pius: see "pious") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/impious

American Heritage Dictionary:

impious

Origin: From Latin impius: in-, not; see "in-" [entry 1] + pius, dutiful.

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Merriam-Webster:

impious

First use: 1542

Origin: Latin impius, from in- + pius pious

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/impious

New World Dictionary:

impious

Origin: Latin impius

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impious

Wiktionary:

impious

Origin: Latin impius.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impious

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

impious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "impious"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

impious [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "impious"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

impious [formal]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

impious

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the Free Dictionary:

impious

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Google Dictionary:

impious

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

impious

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impious

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YourDictionary Audio:

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