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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for blasphemes
Historical Examples
  • Go into that hall of revelry, where ungodly mirth staggers and blasphemes.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • So he preaches, but he blasphemes, saying, 'I came forth from God.'

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • I prefer the atheist who blasphemes to the sceptic who cavils.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • When, in the name of God, he resists education and science, he blasphemes.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • When, in the name of God, he opposes the equal rights of all, he blasphemes.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • 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
  • He blasphemes Antiquity, sacred Antiquity, the age when the gods were kind.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • She looked at me as one would look at an ignorant child who blasphemes.

    A Monk of Cruta E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • How it insults and blasphemes the glorious Lord of earth and heaven!


    John Bate
  • 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
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
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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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