The condition and quality of being godly, pious, scrupulously observant of all the teachings of ones religion, practicing virtue and avoiding sin.

1562 Bishops, Priests, and Deacons are not commanded by Gods laws either to vow the estate of single life or to abstain from marriage. Therefore it is lawful also for them, as for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness. — The Thirty-Nine Articles, .

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  • Godliness — God li*ness, n. [From {Godly}.] Careful observance of, or conformity to, the laws of God; the state or quality of being godly; piety. [1913 Webster] Godliness is profitable unto all things. 1 Tim. iv. 8. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • godliness — 1530s, from GODLY (Cf. godly) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

  • godliness — [[t]gɒ̱dlinəs[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Godliness is the quality of being godly. 2) PHRASE If someone says that cleanliness is next to godliness, they are referring to the idea that people have a moral duty to keep themselves and their homes clean …   English dictionary

  • godliness — see cleanliness is next to godliness …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • godliness — godly ► ADJECTIVE (godlier, godliest) ▪ devoutly religious; pious. DERIVATIVES godliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • godliness — noun see godly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • godliness — See godly. * * * …   Universalium

  • Godliness —    The whole of practical piety (1 Tim. 4:8; 2 Pet. 1:6). It supposes knowledge, veneration, affection, dependence, submission, gratitude, and obedience. In 1 Tim. 3:16 it denotes the substance of revealed religion …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • godliness — Synonyms and related words: Christianity, Christlikeness, Christliness, Fatherhood, angelicalness, awesomeness, awfulness, beauty of holiness, blessedness, deity, divineness, divinity, fear of God, godhead, godhood, godlikeness, godly mindedness …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Godliness — Not often found in the Bible, where ‘faith’ or ‘righteousness’ are preferred for a life which is acceptable to God. Where it is used, it is linked with ‘knowledge’ (2 Pet. 1:5–7) and gentleness and steadfastness (1 Tim. 6:11), and is certainly… …   Dictionary of the Bible