blaspheme[blas fēm′, blas′fēm′]
- The definition of blaspheme is to use God's name to speak in an irreverent manner.
When you slam your finger in a drawer and shout "G*d darn it!" this is an example of a time when you blaspheme.
transitive verbblasphemed, blaspheming
- to speak irreverently or profanely of or to (God or sacred things)
- to curse or revile
Origin of blasphemeMiddle English blasfemen ; from Old French blasfemer ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin blasphemare ; from Classical Greek blasphēmein, to speak evil of, in Ecclesiastical Late Greek blaspheme ; from blas- (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + phēmē, utterance: see fame
verbblas·phemed, blas·phem·ing, blas·phemes
- To speak of (God or a sacred entity) in an irreverent, impious manner.
- To revile; execrate.
Origin of blasphemeMiddle English blasfemen, from Old French blasfemer, from Late Latin blasphēmāre, from Greek blasphēmein, from blasphēmos, evil-speaking, blasphemous; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present blasphemes, present participle blaspheming, simple past and past participle blasphemed)
Old French blaspheme, from Ecclesiastical Latin blasphēmō, from Ancient Greek βλασφημέω (blasfēmō).