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n. pi|e|ty
n. pl. pi|e|ties

1. The state or quality of being pious, especially:
1a. Religious devotion and reverence to a deity.
1b. Devotion and reverence to parents and family: filial piety.

2. A devout act, thought, or statement.

3. A position held conventionally or hypocritically; a statement of such a position: "...the liberated pieties of people who believe that social attitudes have kept pace with women's aspirations�" (Erica Abeel).
"Conferred upon me for the piety Which to my country I was judged to have shown."
-- Milton
by Scaper-X March 16, 2004
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Being devoted; Especially in religion. It can also mean devotion and reverence to your parents.
I exhibit piety with every devout act, thought, or statement I make.
by Gwarg March 04, 2004
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devotion motivated by fear, paranoia, and/or percieved possibility of selfish personal benefit
I will do thy will, oh Lord, even though what I interpret as your will will conflict with the many interpretations of others causing me to pursue a passionate crusade against all others not conforming to what I percieve to be your will because everyone should follow your one true will, right, oh Lord? Bless me father. You are my shepard. I submit my free will to you. Just deliver me to eternal bliss, please. Amen.
by Lu February 29, 2004
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