blas·​phe·​mous ˈblas-fə-məs How to pronounce blasphemous (audio)
: impiously irreverent : profane
a blasphemous writer
a blasphemous epithet
The claims were blasphemous.
blasphemously adverb
blasphemousness noun

Examples of blasphemous in a Sentence

Catholics used to believe that anyone but a priest touching a consecrated wafer was blasphemous.
Recent Examples on the Web There are bits of Isaac, this nerdy jock who thinks his grief is blasphemous, that are very close to me. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 It was deemed blasphemous before anything had even arrived. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 13 Jan. 2024 The film’s elaborate, blasphemous ending begins after protagonists Trevor (Jackson) and Craig (Sharp) — two aggressively straight, dueling corporate salesmen who, despite looking nothing alike, are identical twins separated at birth — reunite their estranged parents (Mullally and Lane). Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Rushdie achieved worldwide prominence for his 1989 book, The Satanic Verses, which was considered blasphemous by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 Is the denouement the most blasphemous in the history of movie musicals? Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Outside Cathedral of Hope, protestors from far-right and anti-LGBTQ groups called the Sisters blasphemous and anti-Catholic. Joy Ashford, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2023 The use of the flag on a skirt is considered blasphemous. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 18 Sep. 2023 In 2005, a Danish newspaper published several cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims considered blasphemous and that set off violent protests and attacks. Aaron Boxerman, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023

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Word History


see blaspheme

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blasphemous was in the 15th century

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“Blasphemous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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