impious

impious
impious, profane, blasphemous, sacrilegious mean showing marked irreverence for what is sacred or divine.
Impious usually implies extreme disrespect for God or the laws of God or for those endowed with God-given authority particularly as shown positively in thought or in actions
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against the throne and monarchy of God, raised impious war in Heaven— Milton

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when vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station— Addison

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who is there more impious than a backsliding priest— Steinbeck

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Profane (see PROFANE 1) applies to men and to words and acts that manifest not only impiety but defilement or desecration, sometimes thoughtless and sometimes intentional, of what is worthy of highest reverence or respect
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shall I . . . add a greater sin by prostituting holy things to idols . . . what act more execrably unclean, profane?—Milton

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then speech profane, and manners profligate, were rarely found— Cowper

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Blasphemous (compare BLASPHEMY) adds to profane the implication of indignity, either deliberate or inadvertent, offered directly or indirectly to the Supreme Being
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it is blasphemous because it attributes to God purposes which we would not respect even in an earthly parent— Pike

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we have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God— Acts 6:11

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Sacrilegious basically implies the commission of a sacrilege (see PROFANATION), but in its more usual extended sense it implies the defilement of what is holy or sacred (as by acts of depredation, disrespect, or contempt)
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sacrilegious despoilers of ancient churches

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a most sacrilegious breach of trust— Bolingbroke

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she saw that it was a terrible, a sacrilegious thing to interfere with another's destiny, to lay the tenderest touch upon any human being's right to love and suffer after his own fashion— Wharton

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Analogous words: nefarious, iniquitous, flagitious (see VICIOUS): irreligious, ungodly, godless
Antonyms: pious: reverent
Contrasted words: *holy, sacred, blessed, religious, spiritual, divine

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  • Impious — Im pi*ous, a. [L. impius; pref. im not + pius piou. See {Pious}.] Not pious; wanting piety; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; profane; wanting in reverence for the Supreme Being; as, an impious deed; impious language. [1913 Webster] When vice… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impious — I adjective amoral, blasphemous, desecrative, diabolic, heretical, immoral, iniquitous, irreligious, irreverent, nefarious, offensive, peccant, perverted, profane, recusant, reprobate, sacrilegious, satanic, sinful, sinister, undevout, undutiful …   Law dictionary

  • Impious — Logo der Band …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • impious — (adj.) 1590s, from L. impius without reverence, irreverent, wicked; undutiful, unpatriotic, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + pius (see PIOUS (Cf. pious)). Related: Impiously; impiousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • impious — [adj] not religious agnostic, apostate, atheistic, blasphemous, canting, contrary, deceitful, defiling, desecrating, desecrative, diabolic, disobedient, disrespectful, godless, hardened, hypocritical, iconoclastic, immoral, iniquitous,… …   New thesaurus

  • impious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not showing respect or reverence. DERIVATIVES impiously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • impious — [im′pē əs] adj. [L impius] not pious; specif., a) lacking reverence for God b) lacking respect or dutifulness, as toward a parent impiously adv. impiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • Impious — Infobox musical artist Name = Impious Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Birth name = Alias = Born = Died = Origin = Sweden Instrument = Voice type = Genre = Death metal Thrash metal Occupation = Years active = 1994… …   Wikipedia

  • impious — im|pi|ous [ˈımpiəs] adj formal lacking respect for religion or God →↑impiety ▪ an impious crime >impiously adv >impiousness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impious — [[t]ɪ̱mpiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as impious, you mean that they show a lack of respect for religious things. [FORMAL] Syn: irreverent …   English dictionary

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