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  • n  unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god

  • But while Socrates' speech would go on to shape thousands of years of Western thought, a jury of his peers remained unconvinced; at the age of 70, he was found guilty of impiety .
  • Said the Pontiff: "Favored by marvelous gifts from God for ingenuity and creative fantasy, it is rare that he has not left in his work some traces of impiety and immorality.
  • But the easygoing realism that accepts wife-swapping or any impiety of evaded obligation with a sociological shrug enrages him, for at bottom he is a New England moralist.

  • Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Asharq Alawsat
    A jubilant Khomeini told his entourage that he had "eliminated that paragon of impiety" for ever.
  • Jean-Paul Sartre in New York Times
    In The New York Review of Books, the critic Daniel Mendelsohn argued that Littell is attempting to achieve what Jean-Paul Sartre called "impiety against real piety," in this case the piety being "our own conventional pruderies and...
  • Edmund Blunden in New Statesman
    The writer and poet Edmund Blunden said afterwards that it "seemed a horrid impiety" to open his Homer.

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