(Histoire) Mouvement luthérien.
ETYM Cf. German pietismus, French piétisme.
1. The principle or practice of the Pietists; the religious movement founded in Germany in the seventeenth century, emphasizing personal religious experience.
2. Strict devotion; also, affectation of devotion.
Unquestioning or dogmatic religious devotion.
Unquestioning religious devotion; priggishness. Religious movement within Lutheranism in the 17th century that emphasized spiritual and devotional faith rather than theology and dogma. It was founded by Philipp Jakob Spener (1635–1705), a minister in Frankfurt, Germany, who emphasized devotional meetings for “groups of the Elect” rather than biblical learning; he wrote the Pia Desideria 1675.
The movement was for many years associated with the University of Halle (founded 1694), Germany.
17th and 18th-century movement in the German Lutheran Church stressing personal piety and devotion.