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blasphemy Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
  2. noun blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
    profanation; desecration; sacrilege.
    • desecration of the Holy Sabbath

Blas"phe*my noun
L. blasphemia, Gr. : cf. OF. blasphemie.
  1. An indignity offered to God in words, writing, or signs; impiously irreverent words or signs addressed to, or used in reference to, God; speaking evil of God; also, the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity. ✍ When used generally in statutes or at common law, blasphemy is the use of irreverent words or signs in reference to the Supreme Being in such a way as to produce scandal or provoke violence.
  2. Figuratively, of things held in high honor: Calumny; abuse; vilification.
    Punished for his blasphemy against learning. Bacon.

Webster 1913

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