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[blas-fuh-mee] /ˈblæs fə mi/
noun, plural blasphemies.
impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
  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.
Theology. the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.:
He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
Origin of blasphemy
1175-1225; Middle English blasphemie < Late Latin blasphēmia < Greek. See blasphemous, -y3
Related forms
nonblasphemy, noun, plural nonblasphemies.
1. profanity, cursing, swearing; sacrilege, impiety. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blasphemies
Historical Examples
  • The people began to tremble at the blacksmith's blasphemies.

  • Of every other foolishness on earth his lips had babbled, but not blasphemies.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Well he knew that such sins and blasphemies could not go unpunished.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Threats, too, were loudly uttered amid curses and blasphemies.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Wilhelmine, beloved, now none can read these blasphemies against you,' he cried.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • In his hand he shall bear a golden cup full of his blasphemies.

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

  • Many a cavalier breaks into blasphemies when things go wrong.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • But don't think, reader, that I make his sin an excuse for my blasphemies.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • In just that way the orthodox of old regarded the heretic and his blasphemies.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
British Dictionary definitions for blasphemies


noun (pl) -mies
blasphemous behaviour or language
(law) Also called blasphemous libel. the crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blasphemies



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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