noun \ˈblas-fə-mē\

: great disrespect shown to God or to something holy

: something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy

plural blas·phe·mies

Full Definition of BLASPHEMY

a :  the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God
b :  the act of claiming the attributes of deity
:  irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable

Examples of BLASPHEMY

  1. She was condemned by the church for uttering blasphemies.
  2. <in the 17th century the Quakers were persecuted for beliefs and practices that older churches regarded as blasphemies>

First Known Use of BLASPHEMY

13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


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