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blasphemous

[blas-fuh-muh s]
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adjective
  1. uttering, containing, or exhibiting blasphemy; irreverent; profane.

Origin of blasphemous

1525–35; < Late Latin blasphēmus < Greek blásphēmos defaming, speaking evil, equivalent to blá(p)s(is) harm, evil (blab- harm + -sis -sis; compare bláptein to harm) + -phēmos speaking, derivative of phḗmē speech; see -ous
Related formsblas·phe·mous·ly, adverbblas·phe·mous·ness, nounnon·blas·phe·mous, adjectivenon·blas·phe·mous·ly, adverbnon·blas·phe·mous·ness, nounsem·i·blas·phe·mous, adjectivesem·i·blas·phe·mous·ly, adverbsem·i·blas·phe·mous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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sacrilegious, impious, irreligious; apostate, iconoclastic.
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Examples from the Web for blasphemous

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  • He, then, who maintains such a doctrine, is the most blasphemous of mankind.

    Laws

    Plato

  • The bishop said his words were blasphemous, and ordered the keeper to take him away.

  • Some sweated enormously, and broke out in blasphemous language.

  • They are apt to think that all truths about religion are blasphemous.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • But that does not justify his speech, which was both cruel and blasphemous.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider


British Dictionary definitions for blasphemous

blasphemous

adjective
  1. expressing or involving impiousness or gross irreverence towards God, a divine being, or something sacred
Derived Formsblasphemously, adverb

Word Origin

C15: via Late Latin, from Greek blasphēmos evil-speaking, from blapsis evil + phēmē speech
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Word Origin and History for blasphemous

adj.

early 15c., blasfemous, from Old French blasfemeus or directly from Late Latin blasphemus, from blasphemare (see blaspheme).

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