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.

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

Syn. -- Impious, Irreligious, Profane. Irreligious is negative, impious and profane are positive. An indifferent man may be irreligious; a profane man is irreverent in speech and conduct; an impious man is wickedly and boldly defiant in the strongest sense. Profane also has the milder sense of secular.

C. J. Smith.

-- Im"pi*ous*ly, adv. -- Im"pi*ous*ness, n.


© Webster 1913.

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