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1. Stress on the emotional and personal aspects of religion.
2. Affected or exaggerated piety.
3. Pietism A reform movement in the German Lutheran Church during the 1600s and 1700s, which strove to renew the devotional ideal in the Protestant religion.

[German Pietismus, from Latin pietās, piety; see piety.]

pi′e·tist n.
pi′e·tis′tic adj.
pi′e·tis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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in a pietistical manner
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The Genevan Awakening, Calvinist and not Arminian, stressed righteousness experienced pietistically; unlike Methodism, a contemporary development, which encouraged the performing of good works, Feller's brand of theological conviction focused on following the mandates of Scripture and looking for the workings of the Holy Spirit within the human heart.