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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to an often immoderate reverence for forebears or tradition.


Latin fīlius, son; see filial + pietistic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The date, it turns out, falls within a period when Jewish scholarship about the history of Jews in the United States was moving away from predominantly filiopietistic studies of ancestry and achievement and toward a more sophisticated assessment of the role of Jews in American culture.

    Slavery and the Jews

  • Attention to such matters has led to both sloppy filiopietistic triumphalism and much uninformed finger-pointing.

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