- 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 blasphemes
Go into that hall of revelry, where ungodly mirth staggers and blasphemes.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
So he preaches, but he blasphemes, saying, 'I came forth from God.'Looking Back
Merrick Abner Richardson
I prefer the atheist who blasphemes to the sceptic who cavils.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2
When, in the name of God, he resists education and science, he blasphemes.
When, in the name of God, he opposes the equal rights of all, he blasphemes.
- (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 and History for blasphemes
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.