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[blas-feem, blas-feem] /blæsˈfim, ˈblæs fim/
verb (used with object), blasphemed, blaspheming.
to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things).
to speak evil of; slander; abuse.
verb (used without object), blasphemed, blaspheming.
to speak irreverently of God or sacred things; utter impieties.
Origin of blaspheme
1300-50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin blasphēmāre < Greek blasphēmeîn to speak profanely, derivative of blásphēmos blasphemous
Related forms
[blas-fee-mer, blas-fee-, -fuh-] /blæsˈfi mər, ˈblæs fi-, -fə-/ (Show IPA),
unblasphemed, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See curse. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blasphemes
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  • When, in the name of God, he resists education and science, he blasphemes.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • I prefer the atheist who blasphemes to the sceptic who cavils.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • She looked at me as one would look at an ignorant child who blasphemes.

    A Monk of Cruta E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • By leaving it to the Christian to say it is given by "inspiration" of God, it is he who blasphemes.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • When, in the name of God, he opposes freedom of thought and liberty of conscience, he blasphemes.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • See, I have brought you one or two to look at, to show you how even Martin Luther contradicts himself and blasphemes.

    For the Faith Evelyn Everett-Green
  • So he preaches, but he blasphemes, saying, 'I came forth from God.'

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • Movement is all very well, but this little canvas howls, yells, and blasphemes!

    Delacroix Paul G. Konody
  • Go into that hall of revelry, where ungodly mirth staggers and blasphemes.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • If she swears, they call her a perjurer; if she weeps, they say that she is acting; and that she blasphemes when she calls on God.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
British Dictionary definitions for blasphemes


(transitive) to show contempt or disrespect for (God, a divine being, or sacred things), esp in speech
(intransitive) to utter profanities, curses, or impious expressions
Derived Forms
blasphemer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin blasphēmāre, from Greek blasphēmein from blasphēmosblasphemous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blasphemes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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