blasphemy


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blas·phe·my

 (blăs′fə-mē)
n. pl. blas·phe·mies
1.
a. Contemptuous or profane speech or action concerning God or a sacred entity.
b. An instance of this.
2.
a. Irreverent or impious action or expression in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct.
b. An instance of this.

[Middle English blasfemie, from Late Latin blasphēmia, from Greek blasphēmiā, from blasphēmein, to blaspheme; see blaspheme.]

blasphemy

(ˈblæsfɪmɪ)
n, pl -mies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) blasphemous behaviour or language
2. (Law) law Also called: blasphemous libel the crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion

blas•phe•my

(ˈblæs fə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
1. impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
2. an act of cursing or reviling God.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blasphemy - blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)blasphemy - blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
discourtesy, disrespect - an expression of lack of respect
profanity - vulgar or irreverent speech or action
2.blasphemy - blasphemous behaviorblasphemy - blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
irreverence, violation - a disrespectful act

blasphemy

noun irreverence, swearing, cursing, indignity (to God), disrespect, desecration, sacrilege, profanity, impiety, profanation, execration, profaneness, impiousness She described the killings as a blasphemy before God.

blasphemy

noun
1. An act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred:
2. A profane or obscene term:
Informal: cuss.
Translations

blasphemy

[ˈblæsfɪmɪ] Nblasfemia f

blasphemy

[ˈblæsfəmi] nblasphème m

blasphemy

nBlasphemie f; (Rel also) → (Gottes)lästerung f; (= words also)Schmähung f (geh)

blasphemy

[ˈblæsfɪmɪ] nbestemmia
References in classic literature ?
Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.
Then the worst came when I, being out of my mind with hunger and loss of my boys, and grief to see my husband and my little maids in rags and misery and despair, uttered a deep blasphemy -- oh
With an accent like gritting your teeth, it is true, and with a grammar that is no improvement on blasphemy - still, with practice you get at the meat of what he says, and it serves.
His presence made it both the field of blood and of blasphemy.
This, at the time I write, has been proved, I believe, to be the case; but, as it would have been flat blasphemy against the system to have hinted such a doubt then, I looked out for the penitence as diligently as I could.
said he, ``which can convert Scripture into blasphemy, mingling poison with our necessary food
She distils nothing of the kind, vile rabble," said Don Quixote, burning with rage, "nothing of the kind, I say, only ambergris and civet in cotton; nor is she one-eyed or humpbacked, but straighter than a Guadarrama spindle: but ye must pay for the blasphemy ye have uttered against beauty like that of my lady.
Suddenly we heard a yelp and a volley of furious blasphemy from the companion hatchway, and the deformed man with the black face came up hurriedly.
who remained for an instant with his head between his hands, and as if blinded by that blood which appeared to revolt against the filial blasphemy.
On he flew among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him.
But we may not take up the third sword, which is Mahomet's sword, or like unto it; that is, to propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences; except it be in cases of overt scandal, blasphemy, or intermixture of practice against the state; much less to nourish seditions; to authorize conspiracies and rebellions; to put the sword into the people's hands; and the like; tending to the subversion of all government, which is the ordinance of God.
There is an ancient legend that once a red man returned from the banks of the Lost Sea of Korus, returned from the Valley Dor, back through the mysterious River Iss, and the legend has it that he narrated a fearful blasphemy of horrid brutes that inhabited a valley of wondrous loveliness, brutes that pounced upon each Barsoomian as he terminated his pilgrimage and devoured him upon the banks of the Lost Sea where he had looked to find love and peace and happiness; but the ancients killed the blasphemer, as tradition has ordained that any shall be killed who return from the bosom of the River of Mystery.