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blasphemy

[blas-fuh-mee] /ˈblæs fə mi/
noun, plural blasphemies.
1.
impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
2.
Judaism.
  1. an act of cursing or reviling God.
  2. pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) in the original, now forbidden manner instead of using a substitute pronunciation such as Adonai.
3.
Theology. the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
4.
irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.:
He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
Origin of blasphemy
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English blasphemie < Late Latin blasphēmia < Greek. See blasphemous, -y3
Related forms
nonblasphemy, noun, plural nonblasphemies.
Synonyms
1. profanity, cursing, swearing; sacrilege, impiety.
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Examples from the Web for blasphemies
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  • In its ears my words are blasphemies; I am outraging all its codes.

    A Woman of Thirty Honore de Balzac
  • Of every other foolishness on earth his lips had babbled, but not blasphemies.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Their songs, their blasphemies, and the noise of their quarrels drowned the sound of the morning bells.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • The people began to tremble at the blacksmith's blasphemies.

  • The faith itself was at peril if blasphemies like these were to be sheltered behind the rash decisions of Nicæa.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
  • Well he knew that such sins and blasphemies could not go unpunished.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Do you think that God can bear with such pollutions and blasphemies against his own honour?

  • In his hand he shall bear a golden cup full of his blasphemies.

    Salom Oscar Wilde
  • I am glad that the revered Principal is never present to hear Mollie's blasphemies, at which I as an uncle have to shudder.

  • Frightful stories were told of their blasphemies and hideous ceremonials.

British Dictionary definitions for blasphemies

blasphemy

/ˈblæsfɪmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
blasphemous behaviour or language
2.
(law) Also called blasphemous libel. the crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion
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Word Origin and History for blasphemies

blasphemy

n.

early 13c., from Old French blasfemie "blasphemy," from Late Latin blasphemia, from Greek blasphemia "a speaking ill, impious speech, slander," from blasphemein "to speak evil of." Second element is pheme "utterance" (see fame); first element uncertain, perhaps related to blaptikos "hurtful," though blax "slack (in body and mind), stupid" also has been suggested.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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