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Clarification of Bierce quote - impiety n - Your irreverence toward my deity

Hi i'm looking for some information on a particular quote of Ambrose Bierce and I am wondering if you can help?

Ambrose Bierce's quote:

"Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity" –

I like this quote because it sums up his beautiful cynicism as per his book the devils dictionary.

I am looking to put it as a tattoo on my body as i believed it is an atheistic quote. But, the problem is every time I break this quote down into its individual parts its saying something different to what i thought it should be.

I kind of need a synopsis of this quote to understand it properly but I can't find a good synopsis of the quote

Can you help?

i have broken it down and what it is saying is:

"Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity" –

impiety – lack of reverence for god or sacred things.

Irreverence - the quality of being irreverent; lack of reverence or respect

the Deity, God; Supreme Being. divine character or nature, esp. that of the Supreme Being; divinity

In other words: Impiety = your lack of respect towards my god.

When i break it down it is saying one is disrespecting my belief in god but I am sure Ambrose is not meaning this???

What do you think?

Thanks
Brett

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