take someone's name in vain

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take someone's name in vain

: to use (a name, especially the name of God) in a way that does not show proper respect
  • (humorous) Were you talking about me? I thought I heard someone taking my name in vain.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

name play
  1. : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing

  2. : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

  3. : a descriptive often disparaging epithet

  1. : to give a name to : call

  2. : to mention or identify by name

  3. : to accuse by name

  1. : of, relating to, or bearing a name

  2. : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

  3. : having an established reputation

vain play
  1. : having or showing undue or excessive pride in one's appearance or achievements : conceited

  2. : marked by futility or ineffectualness : unsuccessful, useless

  3. : having no real value : idle, worthless


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