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 party’s supporters argued the movie contains blasphemous content and could spread hatred against people of faith. Washington Post, "Pakistan delays decision on movie that offended Islamists," 3 Feb. 2020 As late as 1979 the editor of a British LGBT magazine was convicted for blasphemous libel. The Economist, "Even noxious ideas need airing—censorship only makes them stronger," 31 Jan. 2020 Last season, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was suspended after making blasphemous remarks during his side's game with SPAL. James Masters And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Italian soccer stars banned for blasphemy," 29 Oct. 2019 That combination, however profane to Italians, is one of my favorites and has been imprinted in my brain since my first blasphemous slice at Pizza Hut as a kid. Los Angeles Times, "If you stan Hawaiian pizza, this adobo roast is for you," 9 Oct. 2019 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

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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 31 May. 2020.

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