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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Other Words from blasphemous

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 The First Temptation of Christ, the Brazilian Christmas comedy special that many in the country called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as gay. Nick Romano,, "Netflix ordered to remove gay Jesus comedy special by judge in Brazil," 9 Jan. 2020 The comic was an exercise in blasphemous nastiness, and over four seasons, the television show has taken that foul baton and gleefully run with it. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Preacher is unwatched, unloved, and doomed — but Tulip O’Hare goes on," 14 Aug. 2019 That the hypothetical longest walk on Earth makes this daunting trip sound short is, well, blasphemous. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Longest Walkable Distance on Earth," 19 Dec. 2019 Either way, the botch made national news, and brought the work to the attention of a small but vocal group of Orthodox believers, who considered the design blasphemous. The Economist, "A tribute to the Russian avant-garde sets off a storm," 3 Oct. 2019 Lyra soon embarks on a journey to the arctic north after her uncle, the explorer Lord Asriel (James McAvoy), is nearly assassinated before presenting blasphemous research about a particle called Dust. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Monday: HBO launches a new fantasy epic with His Dark Materials," 4 Nov. 2019 The Catholic League called the comments blasphemous. Los Angeles Times, "Kathy Griffin fell from the D-list to the S-list. She’s clawing her way back," 18 July 2019 But there’s a thin line between boisterous and blasphemous, and both Christians (who didn’t like seeing Judas as a protagonist) and Jews (who worried about the villainous depictions of Herod and Caiaphas) ended up protesting the work. Eric Grode, New York Times, "From ‘Sex’ to ‘Superstar,’ 10 Plays That Caused a Stir," 11 Sep. 2019 To say that a glam team transformed Nia Long into a goddess would be nearly blasphemous. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Nia Long's Red-Carpet Glam Makes Us Want To See '47 Meters Down: Uncaged'," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

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“Blasphemous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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