blas·​phe·​mous | \ ˈblas-fə-məs How to pronounce blasphemous (audio) \

Definition of blasphemous

: impiously irreverent : profane a blasphemous writer a blasphemous epithet The claims were blasphemous.

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blasphemously adverb
blasphemousness noun

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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 Last month, a Christian student was beaten to death and her body set on fire after fellow students accused her of sending blasphemous messages about the Prophet Muhammad in a WhatsApp group conversation. New York Times, 5 June 2022 The tyrant cleric had seen in it only blasphemous portrayals of the prophet Muhammad. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Last year, opposition peaked when Islamist groups demonstrated in major cities, accusing the marchers of using blasphemous slogans — a crime punishable by death in Pakistan — accusations of which have provoked lynchings and murders., 7 Mar. 2022 The fight broke out between conservative lawmakers Hassan Riati and Shadi Udwan after insults were exchanged and blasphemous remarks were made, according a source who saw events unfold first-hand. Celine Alkhaldi, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Naked she-demons stood in a circle, singing blasphemous and profane songs to him. The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2022 Turning a classic cocktail into a cloyingly sweet Italian dessert typically packed with candied fruits is blasphemous, right? Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Sunni Muslims, especially of the Barelvi sect, who make up a majority of Pakistan’s population, view depictions of the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous. Salman Masood, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Set in rural India, the film will follow an adolescent girl who struggles to survive through drought, hardship and discrimination as her father is shunned by the majority of the village for engaging in a blasphemous act. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of blasphemous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blasphemous

see blaspheme

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“Blasphemous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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