- impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
- an act of cursing or reviling God.
- pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) in the original, now forbidden manner instead of using a substitute pronunciation such as Adonai.
- Theology. the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
- irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.: He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
Origin of blasphemy
Synonyms for blasphemy
Related Words for blasphemiesheresy, desecration, sacrilege, execration, scoffing, profanity, impiety, imprecation, scurrility, profanation, abuse, lewdness, indignity, vituperation, reviling, cursing, cussing
Examples from the Web for blasphemies
Historical Examples of blasphemies
The people began to tremble at the blacksmith's blasphemies.The Shadow of a Crime
Of every other foolishness on earth his lips had babbled, but not blasphemies.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
Well he knew that such sins and blasphemies could not go unpunished.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
Threats, too, were loudly uttered amid curses and blasphemies.Joshua, Complete
Wilhelmine, beloved, now none can read these blasphemies against you,' he cried.A German Pompadour
- blasphemous behaviour or language
- Also called: blasphemous libel law the crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion
Word Origin and History for blasphemies
early 13c., from Old French blasfemie "blasphemy," from Late Latin blasphemia, from Greek blasphemia "a speaking ill, impious speech, slander," from blasphemein "to speak evil of." Second element is pheme "utterance" (see fame); first element uncertain, perhaps related to blaptikos "hurtful," though blax "slack (in body and mind), stupid" also has been suggested.