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 Jackson’s propensity for swearing must have rubbed off on his pet, because the parrot unexpectedly launched into a blasphemous tirade. Maurizio Valsania, The Conversation, "All American presidents have made spectacles of themselves – and there’s nothing wrong with that," 18 Mar. 2021 The film is also a litany of atrocities — the lynchings and beatings of Muslims and Dalits (Untouchables) by enraged Hindu mobs for such blasphemous crimes as being suspected of eating cow meat or fraternizing with upper-caste Hindu women. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: Pilgrims of several sorts, Hindu nationalism, life in Lodz then and now," 17 Mar. 2021 The beheading earlier this month of a French teacher who had shown caricatures of the prophet in class has once again ignited a debate over such depictions — which Muslims consider blasphemous. Fox News, "Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures," 26 Oct. 2020 In a class on freedom of expression — including the right to say blasphemous things about all religions — Mr. Paty used caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and rabbis to teach, former students said. New York Times, "A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration," 26 Oct. 2020 As the trial got under way, Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons, rekindling anger among Muslims who regard depictions of Muhammad as blasphemous. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Fourteen People Convicted in Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Trial," 16 Dec. 2020 Instead, there arose a blasphemous sidestepping of social science, a practice of going straight for the jugular. Bruce Mccall, The New Yorker, "My Life in Cars," 12 Dec. 2020 Officials in Jordan, Pakistan, Egypt and Iran all condemned the French position and Macron’s defense of the cartoons, which are considered blasphemous in Islam. Washington Post, "Macron vs. Erdogan is a fight both leaders want," 27 Oct. 2020 Even now, Costello’s casual use of the Third Reich as a metaphor for the strife of personal relationships comes across as flippant and even blasphemous. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why a 41-Year-Old Record About Fascism Matters Now," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2021

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“Blasphemous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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