blas·​phe·​mous | \ˈblas-fə-məs \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for blasphemous


impious, irreverent, profane, sacrilegious


pious, reverent

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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.

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To say Argentina has failed to live up to expectations in this World Cup would be a blasphemous understatement., "Tim Sherwood Sticks the Boot in on Argentina Coach for Fashion Sense on the Touchline at World Cup," 25 June 2018 In the Bible, Jezebel is usually depicted as a blasphemous traitor to her kingdom, who was eventually thrown out a window, trampled by horses and eaten by dogs. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A 3,000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible’s oldest mysteries," 9 June 2018 This might sound blasphemous when your social media feeds are drenched in destination bachelor parties and designer bridesmaid dresses. Washington Post, "Ask Brianna: How to say no to being a bridesmaid," 10 Apr. 2018 In the Bible, Jezebel is usually depicted as a blasphemous traitor to her kingdom, who was eventually thrown out a window, trampled by horses and eaten by dogs. Avi Selk, miamiherald, "This 3,000-year-old glass head has deepened one of Bible's most tantalizing mysteries," 10 June 2018 Islamic scholars found the book blasphemous, setting off riots and book bonfires around the world. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Mayer Revived Penguin Books by Giving Readers What They Wanted," 25 May 2018 Making an arguement against a team like Germany is almost blasphemous at this point. Juan Pimiento,, "Neymar's dashing return, Germany's slump and the best of the soccer weekend," 3 June 2018 The statement was downright blasphemous, and to even argue against his claim is a waste of time. Jarrel Harris,, "Sneaker Mailbox: Michael Jordan's Playoff Moment, Trae Young's Puma Connection and More," 18 May 2018 In the last 12 months, three different bars have emerged throughout Chicagoland with a new approach to libations that some traditionalists might find blasphemous: self-serve taprooms, where customers pour their own beverages straight off the tap. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "New self-serve taprooms in Chicago invite you to pour your own beverage," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of blasphemous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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