(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
1. piety, piousness, devoutness; religion, theism, faith, belief; religiousness, holiness, saintliness; reverence, worship, veneration, devotion; grace, unction, edification; sanctity, sanctitude; consecration; theopathy; sanctum sanctorum. See virtue.
2. (act of piety) beatification, canonization; sanctification; adoption, regeneration, palingenesis, conversion, justification, salvation, redemption; inspiration; pilgrimage (see travel); bread of life; body and blood of Christ.
3. (pious person) believer, convert, theist, Christian, devotee, pietist, pilgrim; revivalist, evangelist; the good, the righteous, the just, the believing, the elect; saint, Madonna, Mother Teresa; the children of God, the Kingdom of Light; born-again Christian. Slang, Jesus freak, Aunt Jane.
1. be pious, have faith, believe, venerate, revere; be converted.
2. sanctify, beatify, canonize, inspire, hallow, bless, consecrate, enshrine, keep holy; convert, edify, redeem, save, regenerate.
Adjectives — pious, religious, devout, devoted, reverent, godly, humble, pure, holy, spiritual, pietistic; saintly, saintlike; seraphic, sacred, solemn; believing, faithful, Christian, Catholic; holier-than-thou; elected, adopted, justified, sanctified, beatified, canonized, regenerate[d], inspired, consecrated, converted, unearthly, inexpressible.
Quotations — With devotion's usage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself (Shakespeare), Fear of death and fear of life both become piety (H. L. Mencken), And I could wish my days to be bound each to each by natural piety (William Wordsworth), My atheism... is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests (George Santayana).
Antonyms, see impiety.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Devotion to duty]
Syn. fealty, filial allegiance, application; see loyalty .
2. [Devotion to the service of God]
Syn. reverence, duty, zeal; see devotion , holiness 1 .
3. [Pious remarks]
Syn. lecture, preachment, preaching; see sermon .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
religious devotion, faith, devoutness, religion, belief, loyalty, godliness, holiness, zeal, reverence.
ANT.: irreverence, ungodliness, unholiness
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A state of often extreme religious ardour: devotion, devoutness, pietism, piousness, religionism, religiosity, religiousness. See RELIGION.

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