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impious

adjective amoral, blasphemous, diabolic, heretical, immoral, iniquitous, irreligious, nefarious, offensive, peccant, perverted, profane, reprobate, sacrilegious, satanic, sinful, sinister, undutiful, unethical, ungodly, unrighteous
Foreign phrases: Impius et crudelis judicandus est qui libbrtati non favet.He is judged to be impious and cruel who does not favor liberty.
See also: culpable, diabolic, nefarious, offensive, peccant, profane, sinister
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MAMMON led them on, MAMMON, the least erected Spirit that fell From heav'n, for ev'n in heav'n his looks & thoughts Were always downward bent, admiring more The riches of Heav'ns pavement, trod'n Gold, Then aught divine or holy else enjoy'd In vision beatific: by him first Men also, and by his suggestion taught, Ransack'd the Center, and with impious hands Rifl'd the bowels of thir mother Earth For Treasures better hid.
I glanced at the first page; it seemed full of extravagant protestations of affection; impetuous longings for a speedy reunion - and impious defiance of God's mandates, and railings against His providence for having cast their lot asunder, and doomed them both to the hateful bondage of alliance with those they could not love.
On a sudden, having uttered a most impious oath, he cried, `I am resolved to bear it no longer,' and directly threw himself into the water.
Sophia Antonovna got up and wished me good-bye, as though she had not heard a word of my impious hope; but, in the very doorway, where I attended her, she turned round for an instant, and declared in a firm voice--
He quarrelled frightfully in my presence, with the wretch who seized me, and then they made an impious bargain, to which I was compelled to acquiesce, and to which they bound me as well as themselves by oaths.
I do not believe that any man on earth has greater power to call one down upon his fellow--least of all, upon his own child--than he has to make one drop of rain or flake of snow fall from the clouds above us at his impious bidding.
For a week after the commission of the impious and profane offence of asking for more, Oliver remained a close prisoner in the dark and solitary room to which he had been consigned by the wisdom and mercy of the board.
The religious zealots see rai music as the apotheosis of a secular culture they consider lewd and impious.
Priests of the Roman Church have in past centuries found themselves, sometimes under episcopal direction, in earnest battle against perceived local superstitions and impious social customs connected with holy wells.
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He warned his friars that Isaiah's prophecy of the impious being slain by the Spirit of God's lips applied specifically to those who had this maximum appearance of piety and no mercy.
The impious person, I say, is the one who changes God into a loafer, who sets himself indolently to do unnecessary things; and the pious person is the one who contemplates God's wisdom in the primordial laws established by Him.