Pi"e*tist(?), n. [Cf. G. pietist, F. pitiste. See Piety.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a class of religious reformers in Germany in the 17th century who sought to revive declining piety in the Protestant churches; -- often applied as a term of reproach to those who make a display of religious feeling. Also used adjectively.
Pi`e*tis"tic*al(?), } a. Of or pertaining to the Pietists; hence, in contempt, affectedly or demonstratively religious. Addison.
Pi*e"tra du"ra(?). [It., hard stone.] (Fine Arts) Hard and fine stones in general, such as are used for inlay and the like, as distinguished from the softer stones used in building; thus, a Florentine mosaic is a familiar instance of work in pietra dura, though the ground may be soft marble.
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