[blas-feem, blas-feem]

verb (used with object), blas·phemed, blas·phem·ing.

to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things).
to speak evil of; slander; abuse.

verb (used without object), blas·phemed, blas·phem·ing.

to speak irreverently of God or sacred things; utter impieties.

Origin of blaspheme

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin blasphēmāre < Greek blasphēmeîn to speak profanely, derivative of blásphēmos blasphemous
Related formsblas·phem·er [blas-fee-mer, blas-fee-, -fuh-] /blæsˈfi mər, ˈblæs fi-, -fə-/, nounun·blas·phemed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See curse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blaspheming

cuss, swear, revile

Examples from the Web for blaspheming

Contemporary Examples of blaspheming

Historical Examples of blaspheming

  • Nor less emphatic is his railing at the plaid and blaspheming at the claymore.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • "I wonder if young Stott has been blaspheming again," Challis remarked to Lewes.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • I ran round the base of the crater, blaspheming and praying by turns.

  • I asked, feeling at the moment a contempt for this blaspheming coward.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • I felt the blood rushing to my head and I struck the blaspheming mouth.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

British Dictionary definitions for blaspheming



(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
Derived Formsblasphemer, noun

Word Origin for blaspheme

C14: from Late Latin blasphēmāre, from Greek blasphēmein from blasphēmos blasphemous
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Word Origin and History for blaspheming



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.

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