blaspheme

verb
blas·pheme | \ blas-ˈfēm , ˈblas-ˌfēm \
blasphemed; blaspheming

Definition of blaspheme 

intransitive verb

: to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred : to utter blasphemy blaspheming against God refuses to blaspheme

transitive verb

1 : to speak of or address with irreverence punished for having blasphemed God

2 : revile, abuse … has been blasphemed more than he deserves.Wildlife Review

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Other words from blaspheme

blasphemer \blas-ˈfē-mər; ˈblas-ˌfē-mər, -fə-mər \ noun

Synonyms for blaspheme

Synonyms

curse, cuss, swear

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Examples of blaspheme in a Sentence

He did not curse or blaspheme. people who have blasphemed against God people who have blasphemed God
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God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God’s holy name, those who slander and bear false witness and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid," 9 July 2018 God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God’s Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness, and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Clash Between Duterte and Catholic Church in Philippines Intensifies," 9 July 2018 Regrettable, but perhaps this incident will wake up some progressives who were all too giddy that Google Memo guy gets fired for daring to blaspheme the Church of Diversity. Josh Levin, Slate Magazine, "ESPN Is Letting the Conservative Trolls Win," 15 Sep. 2017 No, to them patriotism is a religion, the national anthem is its hymn, and anyone who expresses misgivings about our nation is a heretic, blaspheming their god. Jack Moore, GQ, "Here’s Michael Bennett’s Sobering Letter About Las Vegas Police Threatening to Shoot Him," 6 Sep. 2017 Hizbut Tahrir, along with groups such as the violent Islamic Defenders Front, was behind a series of massive protests against the Jakarta governor, a minority Christian and Jokowi ally who was accused of blaspheming Islam. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia bans Hizbut group that seeks global caliphate," 19 July 2017 If someone blasphemes the Holy Spirit, can they still be saved? Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "The photo that lost radio’s ‘Bible Answer Man’ thousands of listeners," 2 June 2017 Hard-line Islamic groups accused Mr. Basuki of blaspheming Islam and the Quran, and held multiple large street protests — one of which turned violent — demanding that he be jailed or executed. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "Governor of Jakarta Withdraws Appeal of Blasphemy Sentence," 23 May 2017 Earlier this month, the outgoing Jakarta governor, a minority Christian, was sentenced to two years in prison for campaign comments deemed as blaspheming the Quran. Bloomberg.com, "Shariah Court in Indonesia Sentences Gay Couple to Caning," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of blaspheme

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for blaspheme

Middle English blasfemen, from Late Latin blasphemare — more at blame

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Dictionary Entries near blaspheme

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The first known use of blaspheme was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for blaspheme

blaspheme

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blaspheme

: to talk about God or religion in a way that does not show respect

blaspheme

verb
blas·pheme | \ blas-ˈfēm, ˈblas-ˌfēm \
blasphemed; blaspheming

Legal Definition of blaspheme 

transitive verb

: to commit blasphemy against blaspheme God

intransitive verb

: to commit blasphemy

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