- to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things).
- to speak evil of; slander; abuse.
- to speak irreverently of God or sacred things; utter impieties.
Origin of blaspheme
Examples from the Web for blasphemers
He was stern with blasphemers, whose lips he caused to be branded with a hot iron.The Story of Paris
He and they were scoffers and blasphemers and professed infidels.Will Weatherhelm
Alkmeenon is no longer holy, because it has been desecrated by blasphemers.Jewels of Gwahlur
Robert E. Howard
He would drive these blasphemers from the sacred precincts of the temple.Iconoclasts
That the blasphemers are not Christians is shown by the clause "which was called upon you."The Expositor's Bible:
- (tr) to show contempt or disrespect for (God, a divine being, or sacred things), esp in speech
- (intr) to utter profanities, curses, or impious expressions
Word Origin and History for blasphemers
mid-14c., from Old French blasfemer "to blaspheme" (14c., Modern French blasphémer), from Church Latin blasphemare (also in Late Latin "revile, reproach"), from Greek blasphemein "to speak lightly or amiss of sacred things, to slander," from blasphemos "evil-speaking" (see blasphemy). A reintroduction after the original word had been worn down and sense-shifted to blame. Related: Blasphemed; blaspheming.