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[blas-fuh-muh s] /ˈblæs fə məs/
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 forms
blasphemously, adverb
blasphemousness, noun
nonblasphemous, adjective
nonblasphemously, adverb
nonblasphemousness, noun
semiblasphemous, adjective
semiblasphemously, adverb
semiblasphemousness, noun
sacrilegious, impious, irreligious; apostate, iconoclastic. Unabridged
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  • "The painter might have stood on his head," he blasphemously whispered.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.

  • We had been utterly negligent of his future, blasphemously careless of the divine essential of his soul.

  • I said, just blasphemously, for in that moment of tearless agony all my moral values collapsed.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • And those words, so wickedly, so blasphemously false, were the last he ever spoke to her.

    Love Works Wonders

    Charlotte M. Brame
  • He cursed her again—bitterly, blasphemously—then raised his hand and struck her with his closed fist between the eyes.

    Under False Pretences

    Adeline Sergeant
  • With tin horns they blasphemously affected to be angels blowing trumpets.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • You were going to curse your life with a blasphemously wicked, loveless marriage to-morrow.

  • I confess that he was blasphemously intimate with God; and I must add that there was no blasphemy in him.

British Dictionary definitions for blasphemously


expressing or involving impiousness or gross irreverence towards God, a divine being, or something sacred
Derived Forms
blasphemously, 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 blasphemously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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