- to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things).
- to speak evil of; slander; abuse.
- to speak irreverently of God or sacred things; utter impieties.
Origin of blaspheme
Examples from the Web for blaspheme
Contemporary Examples of blaspheme
Her new single, “Pieta,” is something you can worship and blaspheme at the same time.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy has been a staunch defender of the right to offend and blaspheme--when it comes to Islam.How (Not) to Fight Racism and Anti-Semitism
February 22, 2014
“The interrogator was making fun of religion and trying to get me to blaspheme and so on, to give up on God,” she recalled.Teen Activist Speaks Out On Rape In Syria’s Prisons
March 10, 2013
And didn't we fight for centuries to win the right to blaspheme, and to do so freely?The Broader Question: Speech and Sensitivity
September 12, 2012
Historical Examples of blaspheme
To doubt your existence is the only resource left open to us if we are not to blaspheme you!Casanova's Homecoming
Therefore, said Luther, when others do blaspheme, let us pray.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
Suppose I do not laugh back at you, do not blaspheme you, do not curse you.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
All this, of course, only causes the unbeliever to blaspheme.Real Ghost Stories
William T. Stead
“Blaspheme not against the usages of our city,” said Pietro Cennini, much offended.Romola
- (tr) to show contempt or disrespect for (God, a divine being, or sacred things), esp in speech
- (intr) to utter profanities, curses, or impious expressions
Word Origin for blaspheme
mid-14c., from Old French blasfemer "to blaspheme" (14c., Modern French blasphémer), from Church Latin blasphemare (also in Late Latin "revile, reproach"), from Greek blasphemein "to speak lightly or amiss of sacred things, to slander," from blasphemos "evil-speaking" (see blasphemy). A reintroduction after the original word had been worn down and sense-shifted to blame. Related: Blasphemed; blaspheming.