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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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  • You speak the truth in other words, but you are accused of blasphemously ignoring its sublime authorship.

  • The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.

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

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

  • It was all done with deliberate intention for the glory of your family, blasphemously asserted to be the glory of God.

  • You were going to curse your life with a blasphemously wicked, loveless marriage to-morrow.

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

    Love Works Wonders Charlotte M. Brame
  • I confess that he was blasphemously intimate with God; and I must add that there was no blasphemy in him.

  • 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
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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