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 formsblas·phe·mous·ly, adverbblas·phe·mous·ness, nounnon·blas·phe·mous, adjectivenon·blas·phe·mous·ly, adverbnon·blas·phe·mous·ness, nounsem·i·blas·phe·mous, adjectivesem·i·blas·phe·mous·ly, adverbsem·i·blas·phe·mous·ness, noun

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Contemporary Examples of blasphemously

  • He clumsily sipped from the dainty straw of a blasphemously non-bourbon beverage and smiled broadly as he talked to fellow bros.

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Historical Examples of blasphemously

  • "The painter might have stood on his head," he blasphemously whispered.

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

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blasphemously



expressing or involving impiousness or gross irreverence towards God, a divine being, or something sacred
Derived Formsblasphemously, adverb

Word Origin for blasphemous

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).

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