blas·​pheme | \ blas-ˈfēm How to pronounce blaspheme (audio) , 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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blasphemer \ blas-​ˈfē-​mər How to pronounce blasphemer (audio) ; ˈblas-​ˌfē-​mər , -​fə-​mər \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In one infamous case in 2010, Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, was sentenced to death, accused of blaspheming Islam. New York Times, "Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply.," 4 May 2020 To disguise ourselves forever would be to blaspheme his work of redeeming the world. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Masks for Coronavirus Will Not Last Long in the West," 30 Mar. 2020 Witnesses at the mosque said Abdelrhim Abdelghani shoved his way in at about 4 p.m., swiped a Quran off a shelf, took it to the nearby intersection of Northwest Fourth Avenue and Northwest 15th Vista and began defiling and blaspheming the holy book. Tonya Alanez,, "Atheist Broward man causes scene at Boca Raton mosque after blaming it for ex’s suicide attempt, cops say," 26 June 2019 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

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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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“Blaspheme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blaspheme

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


blas·​pheme | \ blas-ˈfēm, ˈblas-ˌfēm How to pronounce blaspheme (audio) \
blasphemed; blaspheming

Legal Definition of blaspheme

transitive verb

: to commit blasphemy against blaspheme God

intransitive verb

: to commit blasphemy

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