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Definition not pious; i.e., lacking reverence for a god
  • ...mountains have been set in motion, when the pregnant camels have been ignored, when the savage beasts have been assembled together, when the seas have been caused to overflow, when the souls have been mated, when the buried infant girl has been asked for what impiety she was slain, when the scrolls have been unfolded, when the heaven has been stripped off, when hellfire has been caused to burn fiercely, when the Garden has been brought close, every soul shall know to what it is prone.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • 'To be sure,' sobbed Miss La Creevy; 'it's very true, and I'm an ungrateful, impious, wicked little fool, I know.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I have thought that we have been selfish, careless, even impious, in our courses, you and I. Our life has been a vain attempt at self-delight.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "Infamous task! impious task!" cried Milady, with the exultation of a victim who provokes his judge.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Alas, my piety is impious deemed.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • But fare thee well, most foul, most fair! farewell, Thou pure impiety, and impious purity!
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • The four blazing pines threw up a loftier flame, and obscurely discovered shapes and visages of horror on the smoke wreaths above the impious assembly.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • But it were impious to trace any farther the picture of the blasphemer and parricide's deathbed.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Almost impious to feel that way.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • And yet, Vittoria knew, for all its impiety and inevitable horror, the task at hand was inescapable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • James Colaiaco's conclusion that impiety received more prosecutorial attention than did political sins rests on Plato's Apology.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • We have heard of the impious doctrine in the Old World, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 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.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He looked at the paper again and a little mild impious joke stared up at him in faded pencil - something about 'of one substance'.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Eating a slice of Impiety Cake.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Every attempt at perfecting is an impiety to them.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • In his view, nevertheless, it was not an impiety to look for the beautiful in the Grove of Daphne.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "O Virtue supreme," I began, "that through the impious circles turnest me, according to thy pleasure, speak to me and satisfy my desires.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • I think I see his impious end; but feel that I must help him to it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • What recklessness in Herakles, champion though he was at labors, to shrug at impious acts and bend his bow for the discomfiture of Olympians!
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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