noun, plural blas·phe·mies.
- 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.
Origin of blasphemy
Examples from the Web for blasphemy
According to Pew, 14 of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa have blasphemy laws.
Have a look at this telling research from Pew on blasphemy and apostasy laws around the world.
Since 1987, there have been roughly 1,300 cases filed under the blasphemy laws, according to varied reports.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its blasphemy law, which carries the death penalty, is frequently invoked and just as frequently misused.Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children|Chris Allbritton|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you muttered, “blasphemy” after reading the first tip about skipping a snack, then snack smart.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics|Jenna A. Bell|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now is there any blasphemy in saying that the bible is true?Trial of C. B. Reynolds For Blasphemy|Robert G. Ingersoll
And if that infamous doctrine is true every tear is a crime, and every kiss a blasphemy.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Then he told us how this wandering mass of blasphemy got his name of "Spreetoo Santoo."The Ebbing Of The Tide|Louis Becke
He should at once shun the blasphemer, who is by his blasphemy for ever filled with sin.The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha|Madhava Acharya
The morrow did not mend matters for the jury disagreed in the blasphemy trial, and the whole thing had to be gone through again.We Two|Edna Lyall
British Dictionary definitions for blasphemy
noun plural -mies
Word Origin and History for blasphemy
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.